"Well, well, well, Wells" Top 5 Page for this destination Wells by iandsmith
Wells Travel Guide: 94 reviews and 315 photos
After the cathedral itself, undoubtedly one of the highlights of Wells is the walk around the moat which I wholly recommend you extend by then going down Tor Street and St. Andrews Street. This gives you a much better insight into the lay of old area and how things bear relation to one another.
There are so many wonders inside you should plan a couple of hours and, ideally, take the guided tour so you can enjoy much more than is immediately apparent.
They have one quirk that I came across at one or two other places. In order to take photos you have to buy a photography permit at a cost of two pounds. Needless to say I availed myself of the opporturnity.
One thing I remember about Prague, apart from the wonderful historical centre and hordes of tourists, is how awful it was outside of where the tourists venture.
I was momentarily reminded of that whilst meandering through the urban maze of England's smallest city, Wells, in search of a way towards that dominant cathedral.
Wells - the City of Many Streams; the Wellys or Ad Fontes of our forefathers. Described elsewhere as the English Bruges, a description by someone with an obviously vivid imagination, where a moat still encircles the Bishop's Palace and, nearly everything which meets the eye around the cathedral savours of an order of things which vanished at the Reformation. The tone of Wells is, and always has been, essentially theological.
Try as I may I kept winding up on one way streets heading in the wrong direction until, like so many other historical towns, I ended up parking a considerable distance away (at a price) and then hoofing it to where I really wanted to be. Local councils are only too well aware of their attractions and how to squeeze every last penny from the long suffering tourist. I can't complain too loudly because I don't have a solution unless they turn the cathedral's lovely lawn into a multi-storey carpark. Mmm, perhaps not!
Having gotten that off my chest the mediaeval centre is well worth the trip, if only to view the stunning array of plants that hang outside the office of the National Trust.
- Pros:Cathedral, old centre and walks around same.
- Cons:Tricky to get to the centre
- In a nutshell:Worth a stop if you're in the area
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