Town Hall


The question of why Wells Town Hall is called 'town hall' rather than 'city hall'
Apparently this is because Wells was a borough right up until 1974, so it was called a town hall rather than a city hall.  In 1974, local government reorganisation meant that Wells ceased to be a borough and would have become a parish, were it not for a charter granted in that year to Wells by the Queen which gave it the right to call itself a city. Despite that, the original name of the town hall stuck.  So it is the longstanding borough status of Wells which accounts for it being called 'Town Hall'.

Wells Town Hall is situated in the market place and the building is very much a hub of the community covering an eclectic range of events and functions. 

As well as being used for Council meetings, the Town Hall hosts many public and private occasions such as music concerts, balls and craft fayres. Weddings and civil partnerships regularly take place at the Town Hall in one of the available three rooms (Main Hall, Parkes Room or the Mayor's Parlour).

There is a Council Access Point and a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) within the Town Hall; click on the links to for more information including opening hours.  Bluebird Care ( are also housed in the Town Hall and there is also a Coroners Court that takes place regularly.

Come and see the Millennium Tapestry on show in the Town Hall.  This is located in the waiting room for all to enjoy.  There is no charge.  Just let us know on the Reception Desk that you wish to view it and we will gladly help.
For more information please see the Community section of our tourism website for Wells at Visit Wells Somerset.

The Town Hall has full disabled access throughout the building.
To view the Fire Evacuation Procedure at the Town Hall click HERE

 Wells Town Hall

For details on the history of this lovely Georgian building, please click here.

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