Wells Town Crier Civic Ceremony Bishops Palace Moat Wells Cathedral Bishops Palace Moat Wells Town Hall The Swans ringing the bell

Welcome to the Wells City Council website

Wells is an ancient cathedral city in the picturesque district of Mendip, set in the heart of rural Somerset. It is known as England’s smallest city – the 2011 census recorded a population of 11,343 (5,259 males & 6,084 females).

The beautiful city of Wells is named after the springs (or wells) which rise within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. The medieval lanes within the city contain original unspoilt buildings, while the water supply, granted by Bishop Bekynton to the town in 1451, still gurgles down the sides of the High Street. Wells City Council is housed in the lovely Grade II listed Town Hall, close to the stunning moated Bishop’s Palace and iconic Wells Cathedral. Bustling markets are held twice weekly in the historic Market Place, continuing a tradition dating back nearly 900 years, to when Wells was granted weekly markets in the city’s first charter.

For more information about the history of Wells click here

Wells City Council is located in the historic Wells Town Hall and has 16 councillors serving three wards: St Cuthbert's, St Thomas and Central. The Mayor of Wells is elected annually in the month of May by fellow councillors, this year's Mayor is Councillor Theo Butt Philip.

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May Pole Dancing

There are many exciting things going on in Wells throughout the year, from the Fun Fair which completely takes over Wells Market Place in May, to the 'Dancing on the Green' which takes place on the Cathedral green in June.


Click here to find out what’s coming up next.