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

The annual Mayor Making will take place on Saturday 17th May. The ceremony will be held in Wells Town Hall when Cllr Chris Briton will become the 641st Mayor of Wells.

Find out more about being the 'Mayor of Wells'.
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May Pole Dancing

There are many exciting things happening in Wells throughout the year, the opening of the May Charter Fair takes place on Saturday 3rd May & the 'Dancing on the Green takes place on Saturday 14th June.

Find out what’s coming up next.