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Wells

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Geologic Formations
Wells is a cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. Although the population recorded in the 2011 census was only 10,536, and with a built-up area of just 3.245 square kilometres, Wells has had city status since medieval times, because of the presence of Wells Cathedral. Often described as England's smallest city, it is second only to the City of London in area and population, though not part of a larger urban agglomeration.Wells is named from three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew, one in the market place and two within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace and cathedral. A small Roman settlement surrounded them, which grew in importance and size under the Anglo-Saxons when King Ine of Wessex founded a minster church there in 704. The community became a trading centre based on cloth making and Wells is notable for its 17th century involvement in both the English Civil War and Monmouth Rebellion. In the 19th century, transport infrastructure improved with stations on three different railway lines. However, since 1964 the city has been without a railway link.
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Religious Site
Wells Cathedral
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Architectural Building
Vicar's Close
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Neighborhood
Wells Market Place
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Wells

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World heritage site
Stonehenge Amesbury
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Zoo
Hawk Conservancy Trust Weyhill
4.9
Duration: 6 hours
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Geologic Formation
Glastonbury Tor Glastonbury
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Wookey Hole Caves Wookey Hole
3.2
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Wells

Geologic Formation
Ebbor Gorge
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
St Cuthbert's parish Church
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Mendip Hospital Cemetery
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Wells and Mendip Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Wells

Garden
Milton Lodge Gardens
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Wells Recreation Ground
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
The Square
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Wells

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Art Gallery
A2 Gallery
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Somerset Guild of Craftsmen
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Fun & Games in Wells

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Fun & Games
Mendip Shooting Ground Ltd
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Wells

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