Organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Wells Cathedral Chained Library and Cathedral tours

  • Wells Cathedral |
  • Tour |
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 13:15 until 16:15

Wells Cathedral is one of the absolute treasures of the South West. This event boasts two specialist tours: the Chained Library and the Cathedral - its history, art and architecture. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, and there will be the oppertunity to complete both tours during the afternoon visit. Meet at the main doors to the Cathedral.

The Chained Library is one of the finest in Britain, still in its original location and dates from 1450. The current bookshelves and chains are later - from the 17th-century. The collection has some 2800 volumes, mainly published in the 1600s, but some from the 15th-century and some even earlier manuscripts. Subjects range widely from religious texts and theology to medicine, maths and science. Please note the library is reached by a spiral staircase.

The history of Wells Cathedral is magnificently illustrated in the cathedral church, its architecture, windows and art. This tour gives a comprehensive overview, which complements the specialist visit to the Chained Library.

This event has been organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Wells Cathedral Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells Somerset BA5 2UE