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Famous and fascinating deserted medieval village, in use for 5000 years and definitely occupied for at least 600 years before being abandoned in the 16th century. There is not much to see except the ruined church and the outlines of houses and streets, but it's an intriguing place and there are some good information boards.
Use a map. It is a walk of about 3/4 mile over an uneven path through farmland from a car park off the B1248 - can be muddy.
Free entry. Absolutely no facilties whatsoever.
Wells is England's smallest city. The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, or Wells Cathedral, is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. There has been a church on the site since 705AD, but the Cathedral itself was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The astonishing west front displays the hierarchy of heaven - originally, it would have been painted in bright colours. Inside, the grace of the nave is enhanced by the beautiful scissor arches (pictured), installed to prevent a tower collapsing in the 14th century. Then there's the famous Wells Clock - said to be the oldest clock mechanism in Britain.
Outside, don't miss the Bishop's palace next door (especially the garden) and Vicars Close, a 15th century street - said to be the only original medieval street left in England.
The Wellcome Collection is a medical museum that grew out of the Wellcome Trust, a global charity which, amongst other things, is a huge funder of medical research. The Wellcome Trust was established by the will of Henry Wellcome, a US Anglophile who co-founded the pharmaceutical firm Burroughs Wellcome (later absorbed into GSK). Wellcome was also an avid collector - anything from mainstream artwork to the bizarre - many of his items are now in the Science Museum. The Wellcome Collection includes two permanent displays, 'Medicine Man' about Henry Wellcome, and 'Medicine Now'. Its temporary exhibitions include an eclectic mix of art, history and somewhat off-the-wall - all with a medical bent - check its website to see what's on. There is also access to the Wellcome Library, a collection specialising in medicine and its history which includes many rare and unique items.
Waylands Smithy is a Neolithic long barrow, a burial site, dating from 3600-3400 BC and built in two phases. The remains of 14 people have been found from Phase 1. Phase 2 had been robbed but the remains of 8 bodies have been found. The site has long been associated with the Saxon folk figure-god, Wayland the Smith. The story goes that if a traveller left some money and his shoeless horse overnight, he would return to find his horse shod and the money gone. Waylands Smithy is accessible from the ancient Ridgeway footpath.
There is very limited parking on the closest road, Knighton Hill. More reliable is the NT car park for White Horse Hill - about 1.25 miles away - Waylands Smithy is signposted from there. A circular walk can also take in the White Horse of Uffington, Uffington Castle and Dragon Hill.
A small museum dedicated to Violette Szabo GC, British SOE agent during the Second World War, who worked against the Nazis in occupied France until her capture by the Gestapo. She was shot in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in 1945, aged 23. Violette's story was told in the 1958 film, Carve Her Name With Pride. The museum is in the grounds of a small house where Violette stayed several times and was established by her aunt, Rosemary Rigby MBE. The museum also covers the work of SOE, the Special Operations Executive, in general as well as the stories of other agents.