Thu. May 26th, 2022

London can be nice when the weather is good, but it can quickly get crowded.

As soon as the sun comes up, so do all the tourists.

So why not go to Somerset for a little peace and quiet in England’s smallest town?

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Wells has been a town since the Middle Ages, and due to its small border area, it and its 12,000 inhabitants are officially the smallest detached town in the country.

And there is plenty to do in the beautiful area.

The first stop on anyone’s list should be Wells Cathedral.

It has existed in one form or another since Roman times, and the present building dates back to the 12th century.



The cathedral is striking

There are several tours of the cathedral available where you can explore hidden chambers and see new sides of the building.

“It’s always a wonder and a pleasure to come here,” wrote one reviewer on TripAdvisor, and another said it was “beautiful, magnificent, and interesting.”

And just opposite the cathedral you will find Vicar’s Close, which is the oldest purpose built residential street in the UK.

Its architecture and uniformity make it a special place to visit, as reviewers say, feels “very much a set from a Harry Potter movie”.



Vicar’s Close is like a movie set

For a little more history, head to Bishops’ Palace and Gardens.

The medieval palace is surrounded by a moat complete with swans and a drawbridge and 14 hectares of landscaped gardens.

Reviewers love the palace, and one said: “We love Bishop’s Palace at Wells, it is steeped in history with oil paintings on the walls of previously established, original furniture and decor; and to examine the five jars at the back where the underground water rises before it running down Wells High Street is exciting in itself. “



The medieval palace is surrounded by a moat

When you start to get angry, check out the Courtyard Restaurant.

They serve classic European dishes such as poached chicken breast and braised lamb shank as well as classic roasts on Sundays.

“The food was just flawless,” one person said, and countless more call it a “hidden gem.”



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But it is the roast that makes people rave; one person said it was “one of the best Sunday roasts I’ve eaten” and another said it was “to die for”.

Go to the Greek taverna to get something more Mediterranean.

Their entire menu is written in green and English and they serve only authentic green food.

Souvlaki and Greek salad are located next to the less famous kotopoulo and steak ki.

“Great service and food,” one person wrote, and another said it was “the best Greek we’ve had since Kefalonia last year.”

How to get there

By public transport, Wells is only two hours away.

An hour and a half by train from Paddington will take you to Castle Cary, from where you will need to take a taxi in 20 minutes.

Alternatively, you can drive for two and a half hours through Basingstoke.

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