The present Cathedral building was begun around 1175. It is one of the most impressive of the English cathedrals and has survived eight centuries with all its associated buildings still around it - the Chapter House, Vicars' Hall, the cloisters and the unique Vicars' close. The magnificent west façade, built between 1209 and 1250, is unique in retaining almost 300 of its original medieval statues. The scissor arches and famous clock cannot be missed!
April-September: 7.00am - 7.00pm
October-March: 7.00am - 6.00pm
Please note the Cathedral operates a Quiet Hour 12 noon to 1pm from April to October. This restores the peace and tranquility of this holy place and serves as a reminder of its primary purpose as a place of worship. Guided tours do not take place during Quiet Hour.
Admission to the Cathedral is free - donations are welcome. We receive no direct state aid and need over £3,000 per day for the maintenance, upkeep and running costs of this magnificent working cathedral. We ask you to help by giving:
Senior Citizen: £4.00
If you are a UK taxpayer please give your donation in a yellow gift aid envelope. This scheme enables the cathedral to claim a tax refund of an extra 28p for every £1 you give.
The new Friends Building for Education and Music, situated off the East Cloister, provides secure facilities for school groups. Recent improvements include a new visitor entrance, shop and restaurant, and interpretation area in the Undercroft with interactive displays.
Information for Projects
To support project work before and after your visit to Wells Cathedral, three downloadable information sheets are available listing the Dates and Dimensions of the Cathedral building, the Deans of Wells dating back to Ivo in 1140, and the Bishops of Wells dating back to Athelm in 909.
Downloadable handbook with everything to help plan a school visit to Wells Cathedral, including available activities, National Curriculum links, advice for special schools and security advice.
How to obtain
Download the handbook for free, or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01749 674483.
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