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Wells Town in Somerset

Photograph of Wells

Location

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

Sun, 26 Aug (ca. 15 km)

Burtle Annual Flower Show

Thu, 30 Aug - Sun, 02 Sep (ca. 22 km)

Run of the Mill Festival

Fri, 7 Sep - Fri, 12 Oct (ca. 0 km)

Letter Carving in Wood

Sat, 8 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Medieval Falconry Day

Sat, 15 - Sun, 16 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Creative Stone Carving

Sat, 15 Sep - Sun, 25 Nov (ca. 0 km)

'Human Nature' Sculpture Trail

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 11 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sat, 1 Aug (ca. 11 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sun, 1 Aug (ca. 11 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Mon, 1 Aug (ca. 11 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

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Dining out near Wells

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Goodfellows, Wells

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Beah, Wells

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Glencot House, Wookey Hole

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Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury

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The Natterjack Inn, Shepton Mallet

Local Accommodation

Cottages

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:

arrowWells

arrowShepton Mallet

arrowCheddar

arrowAxbridge

Hotels

Hotels

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

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	arrowShepton Mallet

	arrowGlastonbury

	arrowStreet

Caravans

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.

Nearby Attractions

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