Medieval holiday hotspot voted the best in the UK – and it’s often used for Hollywood blockbusters

A city in the United Kingdom, which is also often used as a Hollywood filming location, takes first place in the list of the most popular places in the country.

Somerset-based Wells has appeared in some major film and television productions including Hot Fuzz, Dungeons and Dragons and Wolf Hall.

Vicar's Close is considered the oldest intact residential street in Europe

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Vicar’s Close is considered the oldest intact residential street in EuropePhoto credit: Getty
The cathedral is the highest-rated attraction in the city on TripAdvisor

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The cathedral is the highest-rated attraction in the city on TripAdvisorPhoto credit: Getty
Hot Fuzz, Dungeons and Dragons and Wolf Hall were all filmed in the city

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Hot Fuzz, Dungeons and Dragons and Wolf Hall were all filmed in the cityPhoto credit: Rex

Visitors can imagine walking in the footsteps of film stars such as Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt as they stroll through England’s smallest town.

As well as the big screen, it’s now also featured high on a list of the UK’s best inland locations.

The photogenic architecture is one of the main reasons people visit the city, with Wells Cathedral topping the list of top attractions on TripAdvisor.

More than 3,900 reviews gave it an overall score of 5/5, with one reviewer describing it as “one of the best and most beautiful cathedrals in England”.

Just a stone’s throw from the cathedral is the medieval Vicar’s Close, considered the oldest purely residential street in Europe, where the original buildings have been preserved.

To this day, the ornate street houses all twelve men of the Vicar’s Chorale, the cathedral’s choir, as well as providing residence for the organists, students, bell ringers and ushers who serve the cathedral.

Construction of the road began in 1348 and is said to have been completed in 1430.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said it was “like stepping back in time,” while another said it was “ornate and exquisite” at the same time.

The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens – 14 hectares of land surrounded by a moat – are also high on the city’s must-see list.

However, there is more to Wells than just church buildings, and the nearby Ebbor Gorge also receives high praise from visitors.

It is described by Discover Great Britain as the “most beautiful and untouched gorge in the Mendips”.

The limestone gorge is a biological site of special scientific interest and is now managed as a national nature reserve by Natural England.

In addition to the wildlife, visitors can also expect to see families climbing everywhere and taking advantage of the limestone walls and hiking trails nearby.

For those feeling a bit more adventurous, Wookey Hole isn’t much further away, where visitors can embark on an expedition through some of the country’s most famous caves.

One of the more than 2,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor said: “Wow! What an incredible experience! These caves are BEAUTIFUL!”

The cave is also famous for its cheese, as the temperature in the caves is ideal for maturing cheddar.

A night in Wells can be found online from £56 per night for two people, while campsites in Somerset can be found from £9.

Consumer Champions Which? put the city at the top of their list of inland destinations.

They did this after surveying more than 9,000 members and asking them to rate their experiences visiting inland towns and villages over the past year.

The criteria included scenery, food and drink, tranquility, tourist attractions and good value for money.

Wells in Somerset was named Britain’s most popular city following the survey, despite being one of the smallest towns in the country.

Southwest dominated the top three, with Wells scoring 83 percent to take first place.

The medieval city received a full five stars for attractiveness and tourist attractions and boasts stunning architecture, including the famous cathedral.

It also received four stars for shopping, scenery, food and drink.

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This British city is now described as “the most magical” in England.

According to travel experts, this is the most popular seaside town in England.

The famous British Wookey Hole Caves are just a stone's throw from the city

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The famous British Wookey Hole Caves are just a stone’s throw from the cityCredit: Alamy
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens is a 14-acre property surrounded by a moat

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The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens is a 14-acre property surrounded by a moatPhoto credit: Getty

Russell Falcon

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