Coxley Vineyard

Coxley, Wells, Somerset BA5
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Travel to Wells in May

by joandarcy

My hubby & I will visit Wells, Bath, Bristol in end of May. What can we expect from there? What can we do? After that, we may proceed to scotland as well.. any advice? Thanx
- JoanDArcy

Re: Travel to Wells in May

by pedersdottir

Once you're in that area, you would be close enough to visit the charming Cotswolds or 'mysterious' Stonehenge, as well. It's a lovely part of England!

Re: Re: Travel to Wells in May

by leics

The cathedral at Wells, the Roman baths and Regency buildings in Bath, Glastonbury (Tor and abbey), the Somerset Levels, the south Wales coast, the Welsh valleys ..... the list is huge. I suggest you visit the local websites (google for 'tourist information +the name of the town) to find out more.

If you go for the 'Stonehenge' option, just look at it from outside the fence (it's a bit of a tourist trap) and spend the your time walking around the area to see all the other prehistoric monuments. Then go to Avebury (free) to walk around the massive stone circle there, visit the museums and have tea. Take in Silbury Hill and West Kennet long barrow too.

How are you planning to get to Scotland and which part? I'll help if I can.

Re: Re: Travel to Wells in May

by ghosthunter

Hi Joan, Do you like caves ? If so you must visit Wookey Hole Caves near Wells. They are not dangerous & the drive to them will provide you with the best scenery in Somerset. Bristol is a lovely place & has attractions to suit everyone, but not Knowing exactly what you like it would be difficult to recommend anything in particular. If you decide to go to Scotland try to make time to visit the Lake District in Cumbria. This is, without doubt the nicest part of England & you will fall in love with it.

Re: Travel to Wells in May

by joandarcy

Hi peders, leics & goshthunter!
Thank you for your reply. It helps me to plan some itineraries.

In scotland, we are going 1st at edinburgh.. looking at the city central area (Royal Miles, Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Old Town, Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park), can we visit those places within a day? My hubby and I love taking pictures.. so, we will always stop and start clicking the cameras. After Edinburgh, we plan to go to St.Andrews maybe playing some golf.. but I heard scotland has the best lanscape views.. but dunno where? We will be in Scotland for 5 days. Kindly share your exprience. Thanx a lot!

Re: Travel to Wells in May

by martinbristol

'Ghosthunter' has a point, that without knowing exactly what you like it is hard to advise but he has certainly given you good advice re Stonehenge vs Avebury, frankly I wouldn't even bother with Stonehenge.

I live in Bristol and know the Bristol, Bath, Wells area. If you tell me:

How many days you want to be in the south-west of England.
How you will be travelling.
If you like countryside, ancient sites, historic houses, castles, cities, shopping, pubs and clubs.

Then I can give you good and detailed advise but...hurry, it is nearly the end of May ;).

Best wishes,

Re: Travel to Wells in May

by ghosthunter

I think the question was from 3 years ago Martin. Guess they have been & gone home by now, Darren.

Re: Travel to Wells in May

by martinbristol

Ooops and thanks!

Travel Tips for Wells

Hungry swans

by Sjalen

The swans at the Bishop's Palace ring a little bell when they are hungry (in the gate just where they are in the first picture). They were trained to some generations ago, and these days the swans themselves train their offspring.

See the clock...

by leics

The clock in Wells cathedral could be very easily missed. It is high up on the wall of one of the side-chapels, near the entrance to the Chapter house.

This fantastic piece of work not only dates from around 1390 but is unique in that it still has its original Medieval dial showing the universe with the earth at its centre.

Every 15 minutes the clock strikes and a group of jousting knights rush around the dial. The 'Quarter Jack' ('Jack Blandifers') on the wall nearby is a later addition (he is dressed in Tudor costume, so probably dates from the 16th century).....he bangs his heels whilst the knights are doing their rushing!

The original 14th century mechanism was replaced in the 19th century and moved to the Science Museum in London (where it is still working).

Penniless Porch

by Airpunk

Peniless Porch is the nickname of a gate which is installed between the cathedral and the market square. It was part of the original medieval city defense structure. Once, it was the place where beggars asked the bypassing citizens for money. There is still the possibility to sit down in the alley.

Walk around the close

by leics

An English cathedral 'close' is the area which housed all the offices and clergy of the cathedral (and still does, in many cases).

In Wells this area is called the 'Liberty of St Andrew'

The Liberty was originally fully enclosed. You can still see a large and ancient gateway on Sadler Street, a smaller entrance gateway near Vicars' Close (see tip below) and the 'Penniless Porch', constructed on the orders of Bishop Bekyngton around 1450 and providing a sheltered space where beggars and the penniless could sit and seek alms (beg for money). A further gateway leads from the Liberty into the grounds of the Bishop's Palace.

Within the Liberty are many fine Medieval (and later) buildings. Although you cannot enter most, it is still worth wandering past to enjoy the architecture....and you should also walk around the side of the cathedral, for the gargoyles and sculptures and decortaive carvings are not only on the superb west front.

Here a mark, there a tale

by iandsmith

It seemed there were things of interest throughout the cathedral, and it proved to be the case. Not all were in the grand manner such as the arches though, some were on the scale of small, many by the stonemasons seeking to flaunt their art.
At the top of one of the columns, one of many scenes if you keep your eyes open, is a sequence of four sculptures, this lot depicting someone and his accomplice stealing grapes, trying to get away and then being caught in the act and punished.
In another part is someone having their teeth pulled, something the place had a reputation for long ago.


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