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Wells Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events or who come simply to enjoy the calm and hospitality of this wonderful and holy place. From April to September the Cathedral is open from 7.00am-7.00pm and from October to March we’re open 7.00am-6.00pm (although the East End of the Cathedral starts to close from 4pm onwards in readiness for Evensong). A great number of events take place in the Cathedral each year from simple acts for worship to exhibitions, large-scale glittering concerts and lectures. The Cathedral’s website is a great place to start to plan your visit, book event tickets or join our volunteer community. Find us at www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Free daily tours of the Cathedral are available all year (Monday to Saturday) as well as weekly Stained Glass and Embroidery walks (most Wednesday and Saturday mornings, April-October). No booking is required, simply come along and join the tour of your choice. We also provide guided tours for group visits, which do need to be pre-booked. And if you are able to stay for Evensong you may also hear the exhilarating voices of our world-famous Wells Cathedral Choir.
A warm welcome also awaits you at our two Cathedral shops which stock a wide range of locally-sourced mementoes and gifts. Our café is also open daily for coffee, delicious home-made lunches and afternoon teas. All profits from the café and shops go to supporting the work of the Cathedral
English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work. Here at Wells we do not charge an entrance fee however we do ask visitors to consider making a donation if they are able to do so, to help us with those costs.
There are also many opportunities to volunteer at Wells Cathedral and it is a great way to meet people, feel involved with the community and work in one of the most beautiful and special places in the country. There are currently over 350 volunteers, taking part in a wide range of activities and initial training is given for all roles. Help, advice and support is always available from other volunteers and members of the cathedral staff. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ruth Clacee-Rowe, Volunteers Coordinator by email via firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 01749 674483 or by post to Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE
Friends of Wells Cathedral:
You might want to become a Friend of Wells Cathedral. Founded in 1933, The Friends of Wells Cathedral support the Chapter in the maintenance of the fabric, life and work of the Cathedral. The Friends have contributed to projects big and small, relating to the building and to departments within the Cathedral Foundation. Being a friend offers you an opportunity to become involved in the life of the Cathedral with invitations to special events, outings and social gatherings (sometimes at special prices), newsletters and an Annual Journal which includes original articles on the Cathedral and its life, To find out more about becoming a Friend of Wells Cathedral please visit www.wellsfriends.org
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