Wells Cathedral in Wells, England
Southern England’s county Somerset is a great place for exploring the quintessential English countryside dotted with farms, small towns and cathedrals and abbeys such as Wells Cathedral. In 1175, the magnificent building of Wells Cathedral was constructed (though not terminated until 1490!). Dedicated to St Andrew, it is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and is among the most important cathedrals in England. Some historians say that Wells Cathedral is actually the first truly Gothic building in all of Europe – quite an impressive achievement, and enough to draw amateur historians and architecture nerds in from near and afar. On the grounds of Wells Cathedral, besides the beautiful cathedral, find also the Bishop’s Palace, a series of stunning gardens and the 15th century Vicars’ Close. Wells is a relatively small town in the rural county of Somerset, and so Wells Cathedral is not far from the lush green English countryside.
Pro tip: Wells is a great day trip from either Bath or Bristol (1 hour). From Salisbury, home to another famous cathedral, Wells is about 1h30. Wells can easily be combined with Glastonbury, a place recognised for its music festival and Arthurian legends, just 15 minutes away.
Other European Cathedrals Worth Visiting
- Dijon Cathedral – Dijon, France
- Saviour on Spilled Blood – St Petersburg, Russia
- Church of the Holy Cross -Wrocław, Poland
- Teruel Cathedral – Spain
- Trinity Cathedral – Russia
- Nevski Cathedral – Tallinn, Estonia
- Liverpool Cathedral – England
- St Panteliemon – Kiev, Ukraine
This post originally appeared in 2013 but has since been revised and rewritten.