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Introducing Wells

Tiny Wells is England’s smallest city, and only qualifies for the title of ‘city’ thanks to its magnificent medieval cathedral, which sits in the heart of town beside the grand Bishop’s Palace – the main seat of ecclesiastical power in this part of Britain since the 12th century, and still the official residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Medieval buildings and cobbled streets radiate out from the cathedral green to the main marketplace, which has been the bustling heart of Wells for some nine centuries. These days Wells is a quiet provincial city, with some good restaurants and busy shops, and makes a good launch pad for exploring the Mendips and northern Somerset.