Vicar’s Close sits in the shadow of Wells Cathedral, and historically used to house the members of the cathedral’s choir far enough from the town centre to avoid temptation, today it’s a beautiful example of a 14th century street. The street has the look of a film set to it, and as you wander it you’ll expect your path to be crossed by bustling ladies in period costume and horses to clip clop their way along the road.
The close is the oldest street in Europe to have been continually inhabited, and it’s connected to the cathedral by a bridge. You’ll take photo after photo during a visit, and the cottages have changed little over the centuries. Their stone chimneys reach proudly for the sky and the cottages are an architect’s dream. Many describe entering Vicar’s Close as feeling like stepping back in time, and the fact that the houses are still inhabited by those connected to the cathedral only adds to its charm.
The cobbled street doesn’t permit cars, so if you’re not ready to rejoin the hustle and bustle of the city after you’ve explored the cathedral next door then spend some time taking in this historic gem.