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'Witch' of Wookey Hole

'Witch' of Wookey Hole

 

Wells & Mendip Museum tells the story of the Mendip landscape and its inhabitants, with a large collection of geological specimens, as well as archaeological and social history artefacts. The museum is housed, next to Wells Cathedral, in the former Chancellors' House, with 15th-century origins, however most of the current fabric of the building is from the 17th and 18th centuries. The stone building has gabled roofs of Welsh slate. A small entrance hall provides access to a staircase hall leading to a salon in gothic revival style with a marble fireplace. The front of the building was remodelled around 1828 and the rear includes a 20th-century extension. The Balch room, named after the founder, Highlights the excavations at Wookey Hole Caves, including the bones of the "witch", a child burial and many Stone-age tools, and Iron Age artefacts. A 2m long ichthyosaurus fossil is displayed in the lobby. This Jurassic sea dragon was found in the Liassic rocks of Glastonbury.

 

The Netherworld of Mendip highlights the world of caves hidden beneath the Mendip Hills and the development of cave diving leading to their discovery. On the first floor are examples of Cathedral Statuary and over 150 18th century samplers. The Wells City Gallery Tells of the lifestyles of the former owners of the Museum building, as well as the story of the residents and city of Wells, including the arrival of the railway. The Geology Room has samples of local rock, fossils and minerals from the rich mining province of the Mendip hills. Owing to the historic nature of the building only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Public toilets with disability access are available on the ground floor. Assistance dogs are welcome.

 

Location : 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE

Transport: Bristol (National Rail) then FIRST BUS. Bus Routes : 161, 173 and 174 stop close by.

Opening Times : Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Tickets : Adults £3.00;  Children £1.00

Tel: 01749 673477