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Wells is a small city in Somerset, known as the smallest in England. It has a rich history with its impressive cathedral and moated Bishop’s Palace, and is set in a beautiful area with the Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Mendip Hills, and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor all close by and fantastic for exploring. With independent boutiques and restaurants, Wells has a unique charm about it and is a lovely place in which to rent a cottage with friends and family for a self-catering break, and there are plenty of these types of accommodation sprinkled throughout the city.
There is so much to see and do in Wells that it can be tricky to know where to begin, but a good start is to explore the impressive and soaring cathedral that is undoubtedly the highlight to this quaint city. The present structure dates from 1180 having been mostly completed by 1306, and is home to hundreds of original medieval statues on the grand West Front. With a beautiful cathedral clock with its original 24 hour clock face and stunning Scissor Arches, getting a guided tour through the cathedral is a must if staying in Wells, where you can explore the stained glass windows, embroideries and library.
Other places to visit in and around Wells include Wells Bishop’s Palace, Moat and Gardens, a romantic 800 year old palace home to pretty gardens and a serene property surrounded by a moat, and the historical Wells Market Place located next to the cathedral. Each Wednesday and Saturday, local produce is sold here, and there is also a Farmers’ Market, perfect for stocking up on delicious goods to cook meals in the fully-equipped kitchen of your cottage, and a funfair twice a year – fantastic to take kids to! With the wonderful Wookey Hole Caves, Kilver Court Gardens and Milton Lodge Gardens, you and your loved ones will never be stuck on what to do in Wells and will experience a self-catering holiday like no other.
Self-catering cottages near Wells, Somerset