Wells is the smallest city in England, with a population of around 10,000. It is in Somerset in the South West of the country. The city is dominated by the magnificent Gothic cathedral and is famous for its remarkably intact ecclesiastical quarter. This area contains the Bishop's Palace - the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells - and the Vicar's Close, a mediaeval street purported to be the oldest continuously-inhabited street in Europe. The city takes its name from the water wells that are in the Bishop’s Palace grounds.
The nearest airport is Bristol International Airport, around 20 miles away. You can hire a car at the airport or catch the bus into Bristol itself in order to catch a bus to Wells. In common with many rural towns, Wells has no train station.
If you are driving from Bristol, take the A37 south until you reach the A371, then head west into Wells. If you happen to be coming from Bath, take the A39 west into the A37, and then on to the A371 west into Wells.
There is a regular bus service (usually twice per hour), number 376, from Bristol. Get on at Bristol bus station or at Bristol Temple Meads rail station. This service is run by FirstGroup. Always check the up-to-date timetables which can be found here. From many railway stations you can buy a ticket to "WELLS BRI BUS" which includes both train travel and your journey on the 376.
From the Bath direction there are several services to Wells, including the 173 and 174. There is also the hourly 126 service from Weston-super-Mare and Cheddar. Both of these are also FirstGroup services.
Irregular bus services also run to destinations south and west of Wells, including Taunton, Bridgwater, and Yeovil. Again these are run by FirstGroup but under the Buses of Somerset brand, and the fare structure is different (considerably more expensive). Make sure to consult the timetables carefully if you want to use these irregular services.
The city is so small that unless you have a medical condition you should have no trouble walking everywhere. If you would like there are taxis but these would only be useful making forays into the countryside (beautiful, by the way) or to nearby Cheddar, but these are accessible by bus, as well.
Well's carnival. Takes place every November and it's full of illuminated floats. Don't miss it. edit
There is a bunch of restaurants in the centre of Wells and around it. No matter what you like, if Italian, Chinese, Indian or traditional English, you'll find somewhere. To figure out what's best, go to the tourist office within Wells & Mendip Museum.
There are a nice pubs in Wells. The Rose & Crown has some nice ales and a great beer garden, but it can get quite busy on weekends. The City Arms has some great food, but it's quite quiet in there and lacks the pub atmosphere. The Crown has a great atmosphere and it's a great pub. The King's Head is not very good; overpriced, overcrowded and full of people you probably don't want to see on your holiday...
Other local attractions near Wells are:
These attractions are all accessible by bus (busses usually leave from the bus station near Tesco)