The City of Wells

Wells Cathedral

WELLS is England’s smallest city because of its magnificent cathedral famed for the magnificent west front, Vicars Close the oldest and continuously inhabited medieval street in Europe.

The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens provides a wealth of historical interest, beautiful architecture, local market and a lovely range of cafe’s, pubs and restaurants – if you’re feeling adventurous Wells lies beneath the southern slopes of the Mendip hills and is just 1.5 miles from Wookey Hole and an easy walk!

Market Towns

THE TRADITIONAL MARKET TOWNS of Castle Cary, Bruton, Langport, Somerton, Martock, Chard and Wincanton offer lots of quirky features and historic features.

Medieval markets weren’t allowed to just spring up anywhere they had to be granted and were subject to many rules and regulations. Market towns needed a combination of thriving agriculture and local industry and their heart was their market square – often not a square at all.

langport-hanging-chapel

FROME is the Mendips’ largest and most easterly town with cobbled streets, historic buildings and a thriving arts scene.

Once larger than the city of Bath just 12 miles away, Frome offers a good mix of traditional and modern shops, galleries, craft shops, studios and cafes.

Frome festival usually takes place in July and for the foodies there is a busy fortnightly farmers market on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and a main town market every Wednesday and Saturday.

frome

GLASTONBURY is overlooked by the famous Glastonbury Tor and it has been a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years.

The Tor rises 158 metres above sea level and offers spectacular views across the Mendips and somerset levels and is central to the Arthurian myths and legends. Many claim it to be the ancient Isle of Avalon and Glastonbury Abbey to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere.

The town has lots of small unique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Market day is every Tuesday and there is a farmers market every third Saturday.

There are 3 nature reserves just west of Glastonbury on the Avalon marshes all featuring wildlife unique to the area and home to one of the greatest natural spectacles in Britain; each winter thousands of starlings descend upon the reed beds for their nightly sleep and as they approach the area from all directions they congregate and swarm the sky in flocks of over 4 million, a truly incredible acrobatic display.

Glastonbur Tor

STREET, just south of Glastonbury is the largest village in the Mendip and named after an ancient causeway across the marshes.

Street was historically an agricultural and sheepskin trade village but more recently is famous for its association with Clarkes and the Clarks Village which hosts over 90 discount stores from the designer labels and famous brands and offers up to 60% off rrp prices. Street itself has many other interesting shops and places to eat.

Clarks Village

BATH, the city was first established as a spa resort with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans in AD 43 although verbal tradition suggests that Bath was known before then. They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs, which are the only ones naturally occurring in the United Kingdom. Edgar was crowned king of England at Bath Abbey in 973. Much later, it became popular as a spa resort during the Georgian era, which led to a major expansion that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone.

The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year. The city has two universities and several schools and colleges.

Royal Crescent Bath

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