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Top places to live in Somerset Wells

England's smallest city is fast becoming the South West's go-to place for festivals with annual food, comedy, theatre and literary fests. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


England’s smallest city is fast becoming the South West’s go-to place for festivals with annual food, comedy, theatre and literary fests.


Spoiled for choice but check out quirky Nosh-stalgia cafe, Goodfellows (European) and Ensemble (British). Excellent country pubs (with walks) within spitting distance include The Litton and The Sheppey.


Combo of chains (including Waterstones and Waitrose) and plenty of indy shops and galleries, including women’s wear The Laundry, the Queen Street Deli, The Grape and the Good wine shop and Heritage Courtyard Gallery and Studios. Markets Weds & Saturdays.


The stunning Wells Cathedral (lots of concerts); the Bishop’s Palace. You’re on the edge of the Mendips Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All those festivals.


£314,185 in 2019. Detached properties £455,109, semi-detached £277,941, and terraced £245,520. Top estate agent: Lodestone Property.



Several primaries and the much sought after state secondary The Blue School (founded in 1641). Independents include Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school (though it excels in sports, the arts and academically too) with an amazing concert hall, All Hallows in Shepton Mallet, Downside in Stratton-on-the-Fosse and Millfield in Street and Glastonbury.


Vicars’ Close is the oldest surviving residential street in Europe. Hot Fuzz was filmed here.


Nearest station is Castle Cary (15 mins), where you can hop on a train and get to London Paddington from 1 hour 32 mins.

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