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Things to do in Wells

Take a Day Trip to Wells from Cookswood

If you're a fan of quintessentially British destinations, look no further than Wells. This charming small city in Somerset is home to some of the UK's most breath-taking architecture and landscapes. Wells is a wonderful destination whether you're a history enthusiast or nature lover, thanks to its beautiful surroundings and one-of-a-kind landmarks. Those who stay on the Cookswood estate are close to Wells and can easily take a day trip to this excellent destination, still undiscovered by legions of tourists. Here are just a few of the top things to do in Wells.

See the Staple Historic Landmarks

History is everywhere in the UK, and Somerset is no exception. Wells is home to stunning listed buildings and fantastic architecture. On your visit to this city, you simply can't miss these historic attractions:

  • Wells Cathedral: This Gothic-style cathedral was built as early as 1175 and boasts some of the most impressive architecture in the area. It's a designated UNESCO World Heritage site complete with intricate carvings, stained glass, and imposing spires.

  • The Bishop's Palace: This locale has been home to Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, and today, it features fabulous gardens and well pools. You can take a guided tour of the venue, or return for a play or garden workshop.

  • Georgian and Victorian Architecture: You don't need to put a specific spot on your itinerary to experience history in Wells. In fact, one of the most popular activities is simply strolling the streets and taking in the historic architecture. Wells Market Place and Vicars' Close are just two examples of architectural marvels in the city.


Experience the Region's Natural Beauty

The area around Wells features diverse landscapes and stunning views. Just drive from Cookswood to Wells, and you'll see some of them! Once you're in town, you'll have quick access to some incredible gardens and natural sites, including:

  • Mendip Hills

  • Ebbor Gorge

  • Cheddar Gorge and Caves

  • Somerset Levels

Visit the Local Shops and Restaurants

There are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities in Wells. Along High Street, you'll find a slew of boutiques, local restaurants, and cafes. Once you've had your fill of exploring the sights, be sure to stay in town for a luxury dinner. The Swan Hotel, for example, has a beautiful restaurant that serves up dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. This establishment prides itself on its impeccable service and is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring. Another top option is Goodfellows Restaurant, serving classic British fare with a modern twist. Expect dishes with hearty meats and fish as well as delectable desserts. Finding a quality local restaurant is among the top things to do in Wells for couples.

Plan your Visit around a Festival

Looking for something to do in Wells with kids? Consider planning your visit around one of the yearly festivals. Many of these events are kid-friendly and will result in a truly unforgettable family experience. Get excited for these programmes:

  • Wells Comedy Festival (May)

  • Wells City Carnival (November)

  • Wells Food Festival (October)

  • Wells Festival of Literature (October)

  • Wells Theatre Festival (July)

Just One Perk of Owning a Luxurious Holiday Home at Cookswood

Easy access to Somerset's top attractions is just one benefit of staying at Cookswood. Residents can take a day trip to places like Wells any time and enjoy the beauty and culture the town has to offer. But at the conclusion of your getaway, you always have a beautiful home in the heart of Somerset to come back to. At Cookswood, we allow residents to craft their unique dream homes on our secluded estate. Contact us for details about becoming a part of our ever-growing community.

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