15 Best Places to Visit in Somerset (England)

2. Wells

Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

England’s smallest city may also be one of its loveliest, as Wells has some major sights for a place with just 10,000 residents.

The undoubted pinnacle is Wells Cathedral, a building of unrivalled historical significance and beauty.

Work began in the 12th century, and unlike other churches from the same period Wells Cathedral has no traces of Norman romanesque design, so is the first completely gothic building, not just in England but possibly the world.

All of the cathedral’s ecclesiastical buildings survive, so you can see the imperious 13th-century Bishop’s Palace and the historic Vicar’s Close, remarkable for being a planned residential street unaltered since the 1300s.

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