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, (a popular venue for weddings and events) 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.
The City of Wells is twinned with Paray-Le-Monial, France; Bad Durkheim, Germany and Fontanellato, Italy.
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Wells Town Hall is a wonderful venue for weddings, marriages and civil ceremonies, it can host anything from a small intimate affair in the Mayor’s Parlour for 18, to a large glamorous wedding reception for up to 180 guests.
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There are many exciting things going on in Wells all the time, ranging from Dancing On The Green in June, Wells Moat Race in August and the Reindeer Parade at Christmas. Click here to find out what’s coming up next.
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