Candlelit Poppy Bed Dedication Wells Town Crier Wells Cathedral Wells Town Hall Bishops Palace Sign Bishops Palace Moat Wells Town Crier Civic Ceremony Bishops Palace Moat 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

Wells City Councillors 2014

The annual Mayor Making took place on Saturday 17th May. The ceremony was held in Wells Town Hall when Cllr Chris Briton became the 641st Mayor of Wells. His deputy is Cllr Gordon Wilson.

Find out about the current Mayor of Wells, or you can also read his weekly diary.

Candelit Poppy Bed Dedication at Wells Recreation Ground

There are many exciting things happening in Wells throughout the year, A Candelit Poppy Bed Dedication at Wells Recreation Ground on Mon 4th Aug, 'Weird & Wonderful Wells' on Sat 17th August and the 'Wells Moat Boat Race' takes place on Mon 25th August.
Find out what’s coming up next.