Well's Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace
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One of my aims of this trip, along with taking in the autumn colours of the Lake District was also to visit the Kodak Moments places in England, ones that I hadn't thought of or had just plain dodged in the last few many trips of mine. And when I knew that I'm going with my mum and dad to Bath, and will be based there for 3 days, I knew there was enough to see nearby. I'm still gutted that we couldn't get to both Castle Combe and Lacock Village (although I had stopped at Lacock briefly 3 years ago and wasn't mighty impressed), I'm still glad that I could fit in 3 tourist spots on Day one - namely Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge.
We woke up that morning around 7am, got ready and went down to breakfast at 845am. The breakfast - as usual was late but we did eat very well and left the B&B by about 945am. I was a bit nervous to sit behind the wheels again, but I slowly got used to driving in England and now I can safely say I quite enjoy it.
Our first stop that day was Wells Cathedral. The drive to Wells was also lovely - the same repetitive yet very engrossing green plains with cows and sheep and all kinds of animals, but I had to keep my eye on the road and couldn't focus much on it. When one travels with one's parents, one doesn't want to make mistakes whilst driving! We reached Wells and parked right outside the Cathedral, I was quite pleased but turns out that it's only a 30 min parking, so I had to park a bit farther away.
This Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who lives at the adjacent Bishop's Palace. It was built around the 12th or 13th century by an English religious leader and has gone through various changes in both the structure of the building as well as ownership and maintenance through the centuries.
The interior of the Cathedral again was very detailed, but pretty much like any other we've seen.
After a round at the Cathedral, we went to the adjoining canteen for a quick lunch - lovely soup (mashed peas and mint!), cheese scone and a veg quiche. I must also comment at how friendly the Cathedral staff/ religious people were. They were actually chatting and very friendly with all. My father's a civil engr and I'm in software, so one of the staff there was asking us about technology, and what my dad thought of the building, etc. Very nice to have friendly folks in a Cathedral.
We got out of the Cathedral and went to the Vicars' Close which is a nice cul-de-sac kind of thing with houses and prominent chimneys. Nothing to see or do, but worth for a picture (think Arlington Row!).
From here, we went to the next door Bishop's Palace. This place has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years Part of the buildings are still used as a residence by the current bishop, however much of the palace is now used for public functions.
We'd spent over 2 hours in this place and time was flying........ so we walked back to the carpark (my dad didnt like the idea, it was a long long way away), and next stop: Glastonbury.