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Best Hotels in Wells

Wells Hotels

Tradition and folklore cast a magical spell over mediaeval Wells, whose spectacular cathedral grants it the title of a city, albeit the smallest one in England. Pretty flower baskets add splashes of colour to historic streets lined with stone-built buildings and home to wholesome bistros, old-style inns and small shops. A perfect place for soaking up some traditional quaint English atmosphere, you can peruse the stores before taking tea and scones in a local tea room.

Things to see

For such a tiny city Wells has quite a list of attractions. Most of these come in the form of historic buildings – don’t miss taking a look inside the gothic Cathedral, whose stone arches and pillars create an intimacy often missing in mediaeval cathedrals of this size. Another spectacular sight is the Bishop’s Palace. Regarded as one of the oldest occupied buildings in England, it’s been the primary seat of religious power in the area for more than 800 years, and is still home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Surrounded by a moat, its vast stone walls evoke a fortress rather than an ecclesiastical building. If all the history gets too much, head for a stroll in the clean air of the craggy Mendip Hills just outside of town, or for something more family-friendly you can tour the hidden depths at Wookey Hole’s caves.

Hotels in Wells

Like many small rural towns Wells has an abundance of welcoming homely accommodation. Ranging from intimate family-run B&Bs to country house inns and public houses with rooms above, you can generally find accommodation to suit. A few chain hotels have branches in the area but most places will be independently run, so it’s best to check out reviews online, or take a look at rooms in person before booking or agreeing to anywhere. If you fancy treating yourself with a luxury hotel you could try a boutique B&B offering stunning room decor, high quality linens, and lots of personal touches.

Where to stay

Wells is walkable enough that you don’t need to worry too much about location when finding accommodation in the city. Prices tend to vary according to star rating rather than position, though you might find a better deal if you head out to one of the nearby villages. Other options tend to centre on ever popular Wookey Hole – great for families wanting to explore the caves – or a handful of places dotted throughout the countryside. These tend to be secluded farms offering comfy rooms and amazing breakfasts, though those needing WiFi or other mod-cons may struggle.

How to get to Wells

Wells is walkable enough that you don’t need to worry too much about location when finding accommodation in the city. Prices tend to vary according to star rating rather than position, though you might find a better deal if you head out to one of the nearby villages. Other options tend to centre on ever popular Wookey Hole – great for families wanting to explore the caves – or a handful of places dotted throughout the countryside. These tend to be secluded farms offering comfy rooms and amazing breakfasts, though those needing WiFi or other mod-cons may struggle.