One day adventures: Wells, Somerset

What counts as an adventure? Does it need to involve things that are higher/faster/bigger/deeper/steeper than you’ve ever done before or can just a simple change of scene be an adventure? I was looking for a day out to share with my sister, I’d heard vaguely of Wells but didn’t really know what to expect but we set off regardless. It was adventure of sorts even if it was one we could have had on a coach trip!

Wells is a cathedral city in Somerset. It is only slightly bigger than my local market town but due to some good fortune and interesting politics  it became far more important than you might expect a town of its size to become. This has resulted in quite the collection of astonishing buildings. The town’s big draws turned out to be the cathedral and the Bishops Palace. We explored the Bishops Palace with a local guide – part of the adventure, he had just started his tour as we bought our tickets so off we went. Exploring the grounds and viewing the wells that Wells had been named after on a crisp autumn day was delightful. I think the pictures of Wells that I took that day speak for themselves and I hope they provide some inspiration to you to check out Wells or any of the other hidden gems of cathedral cities and market towns that are hiding away peacefully in our countryside.

Englands oldest inhabited street (one awesome holiday cottage available)

 

Bishop’s Palace – roof sold during midde ages to fund crusades and general waring

 

A hint at a fabulous children’s adventure area

 

One of the many beautiful faces of Wells Cathedral

 

‘Children’s’ adventure playground

 

Looking at the Cathedral from Bishop’s Palace Gardens

 

Bishop’s Palace

 

The famous wells of Wells

 

Modernist planting meets tradition in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens

 

Friendly charachters in the community garden

 

Have a look at my other one day adventures near Bristol here:

Goblin Combe

Blagdon Lake

The Quantocks

Chew Valley Lake

Tetbury and Westonbirt

Offas Dyke

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