In a Nutshell
The smallest city in England, the charming Wells and its magnificent cathedral makes for a picturesque visit.
Parking & Pooping
Wells sits between the A38 to the west and the A37 to the east and is close enough to Glastonbury and the Cheddar Gorge to include it in an easy day trip tour of the area. Being such a small city, parking is limited in Wells. The two we use are the central car park off Chamberlain St (toilets but no grass) and the smaller pay and display off South St, which has the advantage of being close to the recreation grounds. Wherever you park the centre is very compact and it's a short walk to the cathedral green where there is plenty of grass and the public toilets in Market Place.
Although a popular tourist spot the pavements are relatively wide and walking is pretty easy along the High St up to Market Place. Beyond that you have the cathedral green and paths through and around the moat of the Bishops Palace & Gardens which are all traffic free. The High St even has a fast flowing water channel on one side, which is handy for a quick doggy quenching! There are benches dotted around the Market Place and plenty along the low wall around the green giving great views of the cathedral. On a dry day, why not camp out on the green for a picnic.
Keeping the Humans Amused
Wells is dominated by the cathedral and it's well worth the visit. It's not doggy friendly, but if you can take it in turns to walk through the corridors and admire the architecture and exhibits. A short walk across the green brings you to the Wells & Mendip Museum and on to the famous Vicar's Close (pictured at top of page). The Bishops' Palace offers more history and architecture, with very attractive grounds and walks. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and in the cafe, which is free to enter (admission to Palace buildings and gardens is charged)
There's good selection of shops, the usual high st stuff but also some quirky independent shops and you won't be sort of a souvenir or two.
The Bishops' Palace cafe is dog friendly and there are a selection of cafes with on street seating at the top of the High St near the Market Place, including Parsons Bakery that normally has a good pasty and coffee deal on. The dog friendly cafe brands of Cafe Nero, Coffee #1 and Fosso Lounge are all present and correct on the High St. On a nice day, the obvious choice is a picnic on the green.
The Bishops Palace_