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 An historic centre
Named after the wells in the ground’s of the Bishop’s palace - and once believed to have curative powers – Wells is a city steeped in history. The Romans built a road through here on their way to Bristol, and Wells subsequently became a Roman settlement. Once the Romans packed their bags, the early Christian church stepped in converting the ancient shrines to match their own beliefs, just as the Romans did before them.
For hundreds of years, Wells was the largest city in Somerset, thanks not just to it’s cathedral but also because of it’s flourishing wool and cloth trade.
Adjacent to the cathedral is the magnificent Bishops Palace, built in 1200’s, which has been the home to the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years and whilst the current bishop still uses part of the palace as his residence, the greater parts are a tourist attraction and used for public functions.
Living in Wells
When it comes to entertainment, lifestyle and the arts, Wells will not leave you wanting! It’s known for it’s cosmopolitan culture so it’s not surprising that there’s a vibrant shopping scene and when you’ve finished exploring the shops, a plethora of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.
There’s also an exciting calender of events and festivals held throughout the year, two notable ones being the Wells Festival of Literature (read more about this on the next page) and the illuminated carnival procession, the latter of which is held in November.
If it’s the great outdoors that you’re seeking then you’re in the perfect place as Wells nestles itself at the foot of the Mendip Hills - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - which brings with it the promise of a whole host of exciting outdoor activities

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