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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.

For more information about the history of Wells in Somerset click here or here

Please also see our 'new look' tourism website: http://www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk/ where you can browse through all the exciting events going on in and around Wells.  You'll also find information on Attractions, Community, Accommodation, Restaurants/Cafes, Shops and Travel advice.

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.




The 'What's On' section has now moved to our tourism website.  Please click through to see the many exciting events going on in Wells, ranging from the Wells Moat Boat Race in August, the fantastic carnival in November and the Reindeer Parade at Christmas.

Find out what’s coming up next by visiting our tourism website:  http://www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk/whats-on

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