Last updated: Sun 12 Apr 2015

Wells – England’s smallest city

Wells is the smallest city in England – excluding the City of London – and Somerset’s only one. It was given city rights as early as 1205.

Wells Cathedral, by netNicholls (Flickr)Wells Cathedral is world-famous for its beautifully decorated west front and chapter house. Its scissor arches are often mistaken for modern additions. They were actually constructed in the 14th century to stabilise the crossing tower after an earthquake.

The Vicars’ Close next to the Cathedral is the oldest residential street in Europe.

The palace of the Bishop of Bath and Wells is located next to the Cathedral. It is largely open to the public. The palace is famous for the swans in its moat. They are said to ring a bell whenever they need feeding.

The small city centre retains much of its medieval charm. A visit is highly recommended on market days (Wednesday and Saturday) as well as in the run-up to Christmas.

Wells in films

Wells is located a 25 minute drive from Nunney. The cathedral and the associated religious and architectural history have made the city a tourist destination. Tourism provides much of the employment.

The historic architecture of the city has also been used as a location for several films and television programmes. These include the box office hits Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Kate Blanchett and Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Goodfellows, a fish restaurant named after chef and owner Adam Fellows, is located just off the Market Place. We recommend this fish restaurant with its outstanding, great value-for-money Tasting Menu. Please see Recommended restaurants around Nunney for details.

Distance from Nunney
13.9 miles (22.4 km)
25 minutes by car

Contact information
Visitor Information Service
Wells Museum
8 Cathedral Green
Wells
Somerset BA5 2UE
Telephone 01749 671 770
Email [email protected]
Twitter @VisitWellslink
Web www.wellssomerset.comlink

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