Wells Cathedral - Dog Friendly Attraction in Wells, Somerset

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
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  • Dogs welcome providing on a lead
  • Water bowls are available
  • Dog biscuits are available for sale
  • Some restrictions apply

Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city Wells Cathedral was built between 1175 and 1490 and has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”.

Wells is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building is a significant landmark in the South West of England, has an international reputation and is top rated on TripAdvisor for things to do in Somerset.

Wells Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services, tours and events or who come simply to enjoy the calm and hospitality of this wonderful and holy place.

A warm welcome awaits visitors in the two Cathedral shops which stocks a wide range of locally sourced mementoes and gifts. The Cathedral’s café is also open daily for coffee, delicious home-made lunches, afternoon teas and dog biscuits!

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome in the Cathedral at all times. Other dogs are welcome in the Cathedral providing they are on a lead, well-behaved and accompanied at all times by their owner(s). Water bowls are available in the Cathedral and dog biscuits are available for sale in the cafe. There is unfortunately no provision for dogs to be left with staff or volunteers and any dogs who bark consistently or are in distress/are disruptive can be asked to leave with their owners.  Dogs are not allowed on any tour that goes above ground-level (which includes the Library and High Parts Tours). 

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“What a beautiful place! More Cathedrals should adopt the dog friendly policy. They are even allowed in the wonder cafe. Highly recommended ”

- Tracy Hughes

“What a delightful visit to this beautiful Cathedral. We visited with our very well behaved cocker spaniel and the quality of welcome took our breath away. The vergers, chaplains and all the staff we met, without exception, made a huge effort to welcome our dog, pulled out doggie biscuits from their pockets, tickled its ears, showed the doggie water bowls inside the Cathedral. Totally bowled over by their exceptional welcome for us and our spaniel. Wonderful ministry of welcome, this is the Christian Church at its absolute best....”

- Brandon

“My family took me, an English Springer Spaniel, to Wells Cathedral yesterday having read it was dog friendly. Well I can vouch for that! I was greeted by very friendly staff who gave me a biscuit on my arrival. I sat very quietly beneath my adults table while lunch was partaken, then we had a good look around inside. I have never seen such wonders, the stained glass, textiles, and stone masonry were all of the highest order I was told, and I loved the clock. But best of all were the people who were all so friendly towards me and they commented about my very good behaviour. Both staff and visitors talked to me and I felt very special. I would like to visit again, even though I was very tired when I arrived home. ”

- Teddy

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