March 22, 2021
The Insider Guide to Wells
Set your SatNav for Wells! What better way to visit England's smallest City, than with our own insider guide from the people that are in the know!
Since it doesn't look like we will be leaving the UK this year, our store staff have put together their favourite places to visit, the best venues to eat and chill out as well as some interesting activities and events to fill your weekend or a cheeky week away.
Don’t forget when you’re there to pop in and see our latest new arrivals!
A Little History
Wells is a medieval city nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills with the mystic Somerset Levels stretching away to the south and west. The quintessentially English city of Wells goes right back to Roman times when we know that there was a settlement. Filled with cobbled streets, a market square and dominated by the Gothic style Cathedral. Wells gets its name from the springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop's Palace.
Discover The Mendips
Wells is the perfect base to explore the beauty of the Mendip Hills and close by attractions. Discover Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey. A little further afield you find the stunning Somerset coastline, many National Trust and English Heritage properties or pop to the Georgian city of Bath for a spot of sightseeing and shopping!
Places To Stay
Famously featured in the smash hit comedy, Hot Fuzz, The Crown at Wells makes for a perfect staycation. A historic 15th Century coaching inn that boasts a central location, bistro and welcoming bar. Visit The Crown at Wells website
For a touch of 4 star luxury, The Swan Hotel offers magnificent views across the West front end of the Cathedral. During the summer months you can enjoy al-fresco dining at the Swan terrace or the Walled Garden cafe. Visit the Swan Hotel website
What To See
Home to the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is a medieval hidden gem. The ancient buildings are surrounded by a breath taking moat and over 14 acres of RHS partner gardens.Visit the Bishop's Palace website
The city hosts several festivals throughout the year to celebrate the rich culture of Wells. In May the Comedy Festival brings the most exciting names to the pubs and concert halls of Wells. The Festival of Literature was established in 1992 and offers a full programme events. Wells Food Festival in October showcases Somerset’s finest artisan food and drink.
Places To Eat
With vast array of independent eateries in Wells, you will be spoilt for choice!
For those wanting a hearty, healthy option we highly recommend The Good Earth who have been feeding hungry locals and visitors for over 40 years! Cakes are made daily in the kitchen and they are always coming up with new recipes as well keeping a good supply of the favourites...Date Oaties, Chocolate Tiffin, Lemon Polenta & Poppy Seed to name a few.
Alternatively, Goodfellows Restaurant is a popular choice has two AA Red Rosettes. Head chef Adam has delighted customers with his modern European dishes featuring fish, meat and vegetarian dishes which are light but intense with flavour. Visit the Goodfellows website
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