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Wells Town in Somerset

Photograph of Wells


The city of Wells lies in the Mendip District of east Somerset. The city, with a population of just under 11,000, is the smallest city in England.

Wells lies on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills and has had city status since 1205. The name of Wells derives from the three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew, one in the market place and two within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace and cathedral. The settlement dates from at least Roman times. It gained importance when the Saxon King Ine of Wessex founded a minster church here in 704.

Wells became a centre for the cloth making industry in medieval times and also figured in the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion during the 17th century.

Nowadays recent traffic improvements has seen Wells return to a character more suited to a small market town. Wells lies at the junction of the A39 Bath to Glastonbury road; the A371 between Cheddar and Shepton Mallet and the B3139 goes heading to the Somerset coast via Wedmore and Highbridge. The city is well located to tour Bath, Stonehenge and Glastonbury as well as the beaches of the Somerset coast.

Wookey Hole Caves, the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels and Cheddar Gorge are just a short drive away.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Wells Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Wells

Mon, 22 Jul - Sun, 06 Oct (ca. 0 km)

'RE-FORMATION' Heritage Courtyard Studios Exhibition

Sat, 21 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Vintage Somerset Fair

Sat, 21 Sep (ca. 16 km)

Bruton Dub Club

Sat, 21 - Sun, 22 Sep (ca. 10 km)

The Wedding Showcase

Fri, 27 Sep (ca. 22 km)

One Night of Elvis

Sat, 28 - Sun, 29 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Harvest Festival at The Bishops Palace

Sat, 28 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Wells Got Talent in aid of St. Margaret's Hospice

Fri, 1 Nov (ca. 22 km)

The Vienna Festival Ballet presents Snow White

Wed, 13 Nov (ca. 22 km)

David Harper - Unexpected Tales

Sat, 23 Nov (ca. 0 km)

Vintage Somerset Fair

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Dining out near Wells


Goodfellows, Wells


Beah, Wells


Glencot House, Wookey Hole


Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury


The Natterjack Inn, Shepton Mallet

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Wells, Shepton Mallet, Blagdon and Cheddar.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowShepton Mallet





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:


	arrowShepton Mallet




Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar and Bath.

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