Wells' green and marketplace have been commercial centres since the ninth century, and there are still two regular weekly markets. Wells is perfect for seeing on foot, and the best places to stay in Wells will be within walking distance of all the main sights. It also has some very nice proper pubs.
Tiny Wells is England's smallest cathedral city, but its impressive cathedral is a real stunner! Medieval and magnificent, it sits beside the Bishop's Palace, the official residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Vicar's Close, a medieval street, which is supposed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited streets in Europe.
In many ways Wells does sit in the shadow of its Bishop's other city, but the often equally impressive architecture, and rich history mean that it shouldn't feel the lesser sibling - just the smaller one.
One day trip you might want to consider would be to the Cheddar Gorge. You can easily get to Cheddar by bus too, and the views of the countryside on the drive are very lovely.
The best places to stay in Wells can be difficult to book during the peak summer months, so get organised and plan well ahead.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Wells, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Somerset.
This luxurious boutique bed and breakfast is in a rural setting yet just a walk from the historic city of Wells. Traditional decor features sumptuous fabrics and antique furnishings. The property offers up delicious breakfasts, indulgent afternoon teas and bespoke dinners on request.
Stunningly located old coaching inn opposite Wells Cathedral. Opulent rooms mix tradition with contemporary. Gold embellished wallpaper, chintz fabrics and some have free standing copper baths. Contemporary British fare served in an oak paneled room. Ideal for exploring Wells and its surrounds.