The Cathedral city of Wells is best known for its outstanding Bishops’ Palace and Cathedral. It is the smallest stand-alone city in England, with a population of only around 12,000 and a built-up area of about 3.2 square kilometres. Wells takes its name from three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew, one in the market place and two within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace and cathedral.
The Bishop’s Palace has been the home of the bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. The hall and chapel date from the 14th century. There are 14 acres (5.7 ha) of gardens including the springs from which the city takes its name. Visitors can also see the Bishop’s private chapel, ruined great hall and the gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge beside which mute swans ring a bell for food.
Distance 30 miles