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Welcome to the Wells City Council website

Wells in Somerset 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 10,536 (4,882 males & 5,654 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.
Wells Town Hall was recently transformed into Warleggan Bank in the popular TV series Poldark, click here for more information and pictures.
For more information about the history of Wells in Somerset click here or here

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Please click HERE to view the Wells City Council press release in response to the City of Culture Shortlist announcement from DCLG:

Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea have been shortlisted to host UK City of Culture 2021, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen announced Friday 14th July 2017 .

Wedding in Wells Town Hall

Wells Town Hall is a wonderful venue set in the heart of Somerset and is suitable 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.
Click here for more information.

Wells Town Hall was recently transformed into Warleggan Bank from the popular TV series Poldark, the whole cast and crew including Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) came to Wells Town Hall for two days to film the bank scenes which are set in
click here for more information and pictures.

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