"Wells, Second smallest city in England" Wells by tvor

Wells Travel Guide: 96 reviews and 319 photos

The city of Wells, in the county of Somerset, is one of the smallest cities in England. The only smaller is the City of London. Any place that has a cathedral can have city status awarded and Wells certainly has one of those. It's one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country both outside and inside.

Wells is an old city, too. It's had city status since 1205 and was an important settlement up to 500 years before that when the first minster church was founded in 705. It is in a pretty spot of Somerset, surrounded by the Mendip hills and close to Cheddar Gorge. It's a lovely spot as a base for touring in the area, as it's close to Bath, Glastonbury, Bristol and not that far from Salisbury and Stonehenge.

We only visited Wells briefly, as an overnight stop en route to Cornwall so we really didn't get to see as much of it as we would have liked. We arrived in the mid afternoon, just enough time to check in to our B&B, see the Cathedral and walk around looking at the lovely old buildings. We opted to stay just outside of the city rather than in the city centre, mainly because we could get a much nicer and larger room for our money along with free parking and quiet surroundings. Staying in the city has advantages but as all the shops and museums are closed by 5 or 6, there isn't much to do anyway except walk around.

Wells is definitely worth a stop and a day touring around the various things to do. Our visit was hurried but we did get to see a bit of it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:small, lots of old architecture
  • Cons:not much to do at night
  • In a nutshell:Historic city worth a visit
  • Last visit to Wells: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Lovely page! Would love to see for myself.

    • tvor's Profile Photo
      Nov 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Wells is such a nice small city. I'd love to go back too

  • grayfo's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    Looks like I will be adding Wells to my long weekend visiting list.


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