One of the smallest cities in the country, Wells is justifiably famous for its stunning Cathedral, and in the heart of rolling Somerset countryside, just a short journey from Glastonbury and Bath, it has an ideal location for a those cottage holidaying in the area. The cathedral forms the natural focal point of the town, with its imposing and splendid West Front, adorned with hundreds of intricate carvings. Visitors flock to see the neighbouring Bishop’s Palace, and in particular to witness the curiously obedient swans that have been trained to ring a bell hanging from the gatehouse of the Palace moat to herald feeding time. As they do this, food is duly thrown to them in time-honoured fashion. The gardens and arboretum provide a pleasant and peaceful place for a stroll, the Rampart Walk rewards the visitor with terrific views of the surrounding countryside, and on still days the lake here affords a superb mirror image of the cathedral in its still waters.
Wells has a small museum of mainly historical interest and several churches of architectural and historical importance, whilst the twice-weekly market offers a wide variety of foods and crafts for sale amid the evocative medieval buildings surrounding the old market place. Milton Lodge Garden and the Combe are two green spaces in the city worthy of a stroll; the former a mature terrace garden from which some lovely views of the cathedral and surrounds can be gained, whilst the latter is a wild garden; a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Close to Wells, Wookey Hole is one of the county’s foremost visitor attractions and a must-see for those staying in a holiday cottage in the area. Underneath the Mendip Hills the rapid waters of the river Axe have been carving caverns for millennia, and twenty-five caves have now been discovered deep in the rock here. Tours run daily through the caves, illuminated to spectacular effect and complete with tall tales and legends, such as that of the famous Witch of Wookey Hole. This is a complete one-stop attraction for visitors, with many varied things to see and do on site aside from visiting the caves. Cheese production has been taking place here since Roman times, thanks to the ideal conditions created by the constant temperature, whilst other attractions including traditional paper making, walking the Mirror Maze, trying your luck in the old-fashioned End of the Pier Arcade, stepping back in time at Dinosaur Valley or enjoying the wildlife of the riverside walks in the Ravine of the river Axe.
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