Wonder what to do in Wells? It may be England’s smallest city but definitely not short on things to do. I discovered it by mistake, and pleasantly impressed. It’s a great choice for a daytrip, at about 1h bus ride from Bath.
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. I didn’t know this, and if you want to learn more, it looks like Wikipedia knows a lot about Wells and its rich history.
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens
I went there on a bank holiday weekend and the Palace was hosting a Medieval festival. It was all very animated, with music and laughs. I even got to pet a small owl!
The Palace itself is very nice and well preserved. The Gardens are enchanting as well, with blossomed flowers and little ponds.
Hint in the Gardens: look for the angel wings for a pretty photo memory.
When searching what to do in Wells, everybody recommends the Cathedral. I’ve admired it from the outside but didn’t get a chance to get in.
The old town
It’s basically the main street (High Street) that you can easily walk. But hey, it’s the smallest city! It’s a pleasant walk and there are quite a few cafes and restaurants, apart from different stores. It got everything you need.
I believe the restaurants surrounding the Market Place are especially nice looking. I’ve had a tea at Kitty Banks and went upstairs. There are a few chairs by the window, and you have a nice view over the Market Place and Palace’s gate.
I believe this is the only side down I found, the busses were always late. Not by a few minutes, but even 20min, so definitely not reliable. So apart from being only a few busses, they are usually late, if running at all. I almost missed my train back to London before of them.
And this is a pity, because I definitely enjoyed spending time in Wells, but not getting in and out of there.