Flights to Wells
Wells is a quaint cathedral city situated in the county of Somerset, in south west England. It’s had city status since the year 1205 despite the fact that this is a very small city; in fact it is the second smallest city in England. The cathedral is just one of the attractions in Wells.
There is no airport right in Wells, but the Bristol Airport (airport code: BRS) is only 32 kilometres away and reachable by road or bus from Wells. There are one-stop flights to Wells from South Africa with Air France or KLM, stopping in Paris or Amsterdam respectively. If you fly with South African Airways, you’ll get two connections, in Zurich as well as Amsterdam. For a different route, Lufthansa goes through Munich and Brussels. Most flights to Wells are just over 15 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Wells:
Named from the fact that there are three historic wells in the city, Wells was first established in Roman times and became an important town under the rule of the Saxons. Today the cathedral is Wells’ main attraction though its pretty streets hold plenty of appeal too.
The grand and ornate Wells Cathedral seems almost too large for such a small city. It is definitely the main landmark of Wells and its most famous attraction, dating back to when construction began in 1175. Wells Cathedral was completed by 1490 while the very ornate west front of the cathedral (with its medieval statues) was finished several hundred years earlier in 1250.
Next door to Wells Cathedral is Bishop’s Palace which has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for around 800 years. This impressive building is surrounded by a moat, giving it a castle-like appearance, and every year in August a boat race takes place around the waters of the moat.
Vicar’s Close is also adjacent to Wells Cathedral and it is claimed to be the oldest residential street in England. All of the original buildings are still in one piece.
Wells and Mendip Museum
The small Wells and Mendip Museum is also right next to Wells Cathedral, making this another worthwhile stop on your visit to this charming little city. The museum is housed within the former Chancellor’s House which has parts that date back to the 15th century and the museum itself focuses on local history and archaeological finds. There is a small entrance fee charged to see the museum, but if you keep your ticket it’s valid for a whole year in case you want to come back.
Shopping and Dining in Wells
Although Wells is only a small city you’ll find a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs here. If you want to do some shopping there’s a market every Wednesday and Saturday in the Wells market place where a variety of goods are sold, including locally made items.
When Should You Visit?:
Wells has a temperate climate like the rest of England and being in the south west it is usually slightly wetter but a little warmer here. July and August are both good times to visit for warm weather and less rainfall, while winters are mild but duller.