The historic City of Wells, sits within the rolling Somerset hills. Home to the dramatic architecture of Wells Cathedral and the neighbouring ruins of the Bishop’s Palace. What makes this site even more romantic is the fact that it is protected by its own moat as well.
Currently residing in the Cotswolds, Wells is of relatively close distance, which has meant it has reigned as popular spot in which to wind-down with a reclusive walk. The cathedral city is 45 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, with good road and bus links.
The medieval township has history dating back to Roman times, like many other towns in the surrounding south-west region. Similar to the roman city of Bath, the settlement that resided in Wells likely came for its springs which were found in the Bishop’s Palace.
Deemed the smallest city in England, with a population of approximately 12,000, but really can only be heralded a city because of its grand 13th century cathedral. Today both the cathedral and surrounding architecture remains unspoilt. However whilst there are still a good deal of independent stores, some historic buildings may now house modern chains.
Twice a week the market square swings into life with thriving market-traders and annually come the Autumn the city also hosts the locally renowned Wells Food Festival, which I’d completely recommend visiting! (Ensure you allow time to browse round all the vendors before selecting your favourites.)
Of-course there will be many people who may want to visit the city for another reason. Wells historic roots and architecture stand it in good stead as a potential location for film and television shoots. Over the years the city has seen many stars pass through it’s higgledy streets, but perhaps the most notable link is with the 2007 comedy Hot Fuzz.
Have you visited Wells? I’d be keen to hear your thoughts and recommendations!