This was the second time that my partner and I visited the beautiful town of Wells in Somerset. The first time we went with a friend who grew up there and were shown some truly incredible places. It spurred us on to take another trip there and I definitely think we will be back there again soon.
Wells is often described as the smallest city in England. It has had a city status since Medieval times because of the presence of Wells Cathedral. Also known as The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, is a beautiful Anglican Grade I listed building. It was built between 1175 and 1490, replacing an earlier church built on the same site in 705.Home to possibly the prettiest streets I have come across in England. Vicar’s Close is claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe. It is connected at its southern end to the cathedral by way of a walkway over Chain Gate. It has started getting very popular on Instagram and you might have to wait a while to get a decent photo. Although if you go out of season, the best time to go is at sunrise or at dusk.For such a small city, there is definitely a few establishments you must visit. The first is the gorgeous pink City Arms that serves mouthwatering pub grub and has a large area outside for drinking al fresco in the summer. The Crown at Wells has to be one of my favourite pubs in the UK. Not only is it very cosy, but it featured in one of my favourite films Hot Fuzz. Looking around the pub, you can see newspaper articles and photos of the cast. If you are a film buff, you may want to walk around the town to spot the differences. Apart from being such a gorgeous town, this is definitely another reason why tourists come to Wells for a visit. There are many places to visit around Wells, we spent half a day hiking around the epic and stunning Cheddar Gorge and climbing up Jacob’s Ladder. There’s also a cute little shop that sells speciality Cheddar Gorge cheese and honey which is definitely worth a visit. The small hippy town of Glastonbury is a short drive away too and you can visit the Glastonbury Thor, or the Glastonbury Abbey. Or if shopping is more your thing, visit Clark’s Village and get your hands on some seriously discounted brands.Wells is positively one of my favourite cities in the world. Even the drive from London is exceptional. So many fabulous places to visit on the way like Stone Henge, Frome and Shepton-Mallet. You definitely need to take your time with the journey to fit it all in. Luckily my partner in crime is used to pulling over at short notice so I can jump out the car to take a shot!
The best way to get there is by car. It’s a lot easier getting around and you also get to experience the beautiful scenery of Somerset. Depending on traffic you can get to most places under half an hour. For more places to visit in the area, please check out http://www.wellssomerset.com/