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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.
For central location
- The Swan Hotel is a wonderfully located old coaching house right opposite Wells Cathedral. There are 48 rooms, starting from £144 per night, and the decor is very varied, so there's bound to be something which takes your fancy. You're also right on the green, in a perfect spot for enjoying the local highlights.
For luxury B&B with a view
- Just 15 mins walk from the centre of town, Stoberry House offers a luxury stay in glorious surroundings. The rooms are lavish and there are gourmet dinners by arrangement. Not to mention the stunning views!
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.
Best Hotels in Wells
Stoberry House 5 rooms from $111Somerset
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.Views - Stunning views over the city of WellsSights nearby - Wells, the smallest city in the UK, is walking distance from the hotel and offers many sights including a cathedralGreat walks - Take a walk around the National Trust property gardens of Stourhead House or Montecute HouseLocal markets - Visit the twice weekly market of Wells (Wednesday and Saturday)Recommended by - Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
Swan Hotel, Wells 48 rooms from $193Wells, Somerset
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.Romantic Break - Original four poster beds, log fires and views of Wells Cathedral combine to create this unique and utterly romantic getaway.Local exploring - Well situated to explore the small historical city and the beautiful surrounding countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the 13th century Wells Cathedral, this majestic sight is literally across the road.Local markets - Scour the bi-weekly farmers market, packed with the cream of the local produce.Recommended by - Frommers