Beautiful City of Wells Somerset

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Bishops Palace Wells Somerset

A medieval palace that has been the residence of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. The first bishop obtained a crown licence for constructing this grand home and deer park. Within the fortified Bishops Palace walls are the ruin of the Great Hall, the Bishop’s private chapel. There are also 14 acres of beautiful gardens, an arboretum, a community garden and a reflective garden. This uniquely moated palace boasts an imposing portcullis gatehouse with drawbridge. This gives the visitor an impression of entering a castle, but all is peaceful and tranquil when you tour the site.

View of the lawn inside the Bishop Palace walls

Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral is described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”. Wells is the earliest of all English Cathedral to be built in a Gothic style. The stain glass is as extensive a collection to be found in England and the Chapter House is a fascinating part of the building. Don’t miss the clock as you walk around the outside after visiting Vicars Close

Stain Glass inside Wells Cathedral to the side housing the ancient Clock

By the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street still standing in England. This Wells landmark was designed to provide communal accommodation for the Vicars Choral, responsible to sing each day at worship within the Cathedral. This centuries-old tradition carry on today. It is a unique and valued part of Wells Cathedral. All the buildings are grade 1 listed. They are all occupied and as you walk up and down the street normal life goes on.

On Wednesday morning Wells hold a superb street market. We come for the food and most of it is produce local to the area and fish from Cornwall. Plenty of other stalls to browse including Jewellery, hand made crafts, books, clothes and much more.

Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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