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Wells Cathedral


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Wells city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Wells's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Wells is a dazzling, yet compact city in the heart of scintillating Somerset. Packed with glories of the past it has something for everyone. There’s the stunning cathedral with its iconic west front and lofty towers. A sensational Bishop’s Palace with its melodious moat. Ancient almshouses, a world-beating street where vicars once lived. Fabulous shops, a host of tempting places to eat and to drink, and wide open spaces to play or sit and watch the wonderful world drift slowly by..


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Curious About... Wells

  • An exploration of Wells' city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Wells in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Cathedral Circular - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
This walk starts and ends at Wells Cathedral, one of the most glorious examples of medieval architecture in England, an extraordinary work of art on a very, very grand scale. But that’s not all – walk down Europe’s oldest purely residential street with original buildings to survive intact in Europe today. Pass ancient almshouses, vibrant quirky shops, a haunted hotel, and back to the ever-present cathedral. Just beautiful!
1.5 hoursOK, but diversion maybe needed for steps

2. Cathedral to Bishop's Palace Moat - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Wells - a compact city with cobbled streets and medieval architecture. This walk takes you round the ancient market square boasting one of its original wells, before providing a taste of the dazzling Bishop’s Palace with its stunning architecture and glorious gardens. Pass the ancient Town Hall, walk through a playful park and alongside the Bishop’s Palace moat, before ending in the open countryside of sensational Somerset!
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Excellent product by the way, really informative and ideal for orientation when visiting a place for the first time."

Latest Revision : August 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail