The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel - Wells

20 Sadler St, Wells, United Kingdom, BA5 2FE  show map
 2 stars
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The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel - Wells


Off-site parking

Luggage storage

Late check-in

24-hour security

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

A la carte restaurant

Swimming pool

Indoor swimming pool

Kitchen facilities

Electric kettle

Check-in/ Check-out

Express check-in/ -out


The welcoming 2-star The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel features dry cleaning, 24-hour security and room service. The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel has been welcoming guests to its individual rooms since 1450.

This hotel is about 8.8 km away from Stourhead, Animal Farm Adventure Park and St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses. The property is located within a 10-minute walk to the center of Wells.

The hotel enjoys a stunning location within 20 minutes' drive from Bristol airport.


The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel offers 9 guestrooms appointed with climate control, TV, a private balcony, a DVD player and an iron with ironing board with all the sights of Wells within easy access. Some rooms overlook the cathedral. They come with an electric kettle, a dishwasher and coffee/tea makers as well as bathrooms with a bathtub, a shower and bath sheets.

Eat & Drink

The onsite restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine.


The property features a storage room, a safety deposit box and parking.


Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Paid public parking is possible at a location nearby.

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  • No smoking on site
  • Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Late check-in
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • Front desk
  • Pets allowed
  • Wheelchair access
  • 24-hour security
  • Children are welcome
  • Luggage storage

Sports & Fitness

  • Tennis court


  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Bar/ Lounge area

Meeting facilities

  • Fax/Photocopying

Leisure facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Garden area

Room facilities

  • Heating
  • Dressing area
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Bottled water
  • Ironing facilities


  • Electric kettle


  • Television
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor



  • from  2 pm


  • until  11 am


  • Pets are allowed on request.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

20 Sadler St, Wells, United Kingdom, BA5 2FE

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City Center
  • Wells
    700 ft
  • Bus stop
    5.5 mi
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    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
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    2 persons

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    1 Single bed

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Sadler Street Gallery700 ft

Popular areas

  • City Center400 ft

Places of interest

  • Vicars Close700 ft
  • Emi Sports & Social Club1000 ft
  • Bishop's Palace2000 ft
  • Wells Buses Social Club2300 ft


  • Wells Film Centre1400 ft

Monuments and Landmarks

  • Wells Cathedral2000 ft
  • Wookey Hole Caves1.3 mi


  • Wells & Mendip Museum400 ft
  • Assembly Rooms Bath2.6 mi


  • Wells Operatic Society Ltd1700 ft

Local attractions

  • Wookey Hole Magical Mirror Maze1.0 mi
    Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BBEngland
  • Wookey Hole Caves1.6 mi
    Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BBEngland
  • The Shoe Museum6.9 mi
    40 High Street, Street
  • Wookey Hole Old Penny Pier Arcade1.0 mi
    Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BBEngland
  • Glastonbury Tor5.1 mi
    off Wellhouse Lane, Glastonbury
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    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
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The Ancient Gatehouse Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Ancient Gatehouse

Average guest rating

7.0out of 10
Very good
Based on 75 reviews

Guest reviews

  • Single

    A small hotel with tons of character and some rooms at least have a million dollar view of Wells cathedral.

  • Single

    Great view of the Cathedral, loved the old world charm of the room.

    Tight, uneven staircase up to the room, would not be suitable for the older guest.

  • Group of friends

    Old building retains its "old character". Many roooms have 1/2 4poster beds. Couple of the rooms look out to the west face of the cathederal.

  • Older travelers

    Loved the location of this hotel - our room (no 7) looked directly on to the cathedral. Staff very pleasant and accommodating. We ate in the restaurant and the (Italian) food was excellent. Would recomend this hotel as a base for exploring Wells.

  • Older travelers

    Informal, quirky, relaxed atmosphere. Very close to all city amenities. Absolutely magnificent view of the iconic west face of Wells Cathedral across the green. Couldn't be bettered in that respect. Room 3 for that view!

  • Older travelers

    Centrally located, and backing on to the beautiful cathedral close. The restaurant was excellent, and the four-poster bed very comfortable, even though, being antique, it was designed for those of pre-twentieth century height!

    Wells is a mediaeval town, so to be certain of being able to park opposite in the sister hotel, you would be well advised to arrive early.

  • Single

    Best room ovberlooking cathedral green.

    Those stairs!

  • Older travelers

    Genuinely "ancient"! Friendly staff. Central location. Excellent breakfasts. Comfortable bed. Nice atmosphere.

    The central heating was on in our room even though the weather was frankly hot! The final narrow stone staircase (having ascended the first flight of stairs) to our room was charming but downright difficult to ascend and descend with suitcases. I'm 70 and found it difficult; no staff were available to help.

  • Couple

    Amazing location , the cathedral of Wells is beatiful and the hotel is in prime location overlooking the green. Our hotel window was part of the ancient arched gate house surrounding the site , reached by a stone spiral staircase it felt like going back in time. With original crossed windows I imaine it could be a little drafty but even in sunny June the radiators worked - we checked just in case and the room was lovely and comfortable with fine four poster bed.

  • Older travelers

    The best part of staying at The Ancient Gatehouse was our room in the Ancient Gatehouse itself! We climbed a 14th century spiral staircase with stone steps worn from hundreds of years of use to the heavy wooden door leading to our room. Upon entering, there was a large four-posted bed with curtains facing a leaded-glass window. Through the window was the stunning Wells Cathedral. If you like history, it doesn't get much better than this!

  • Single

    Friendly staff who looked after my needs well.

  • Older travelers

    The view of the cathedral was lovely. The easy access to the Green and town excellent. Staff friendly especially the over-worked waitress in the dining room at breakfast on the last day of our stay. She was on her own, but coped very well and was very pleasant.

    we come from a hotel family - 3 generations - on the coast in Suffolk. Your Reception area needs to be made more friendly, lighter (in terms of decoration) and it is a shame that it is so near the kitchen area. the stairs made us feel as if they were the back stairs to the upper stories. The Reception area is one of the most important features and it gives the first impression of a place. I suppose in a conservation area there is not much that you can do, and we acknowledge that parking is difficult too. For location and the view of the cathedral I would recommend you.

  • Single

    This hotel is in a fantastic location with a view over the cathedral green at Wells.

  • Older travelers

    The location next to the cathedral is excellent. The 4 poster was impressive

    Room was small and decoration very uninspired considering the age of the building. Bathroom a little shabby

  • Older travelers

    Restaurant excellent

    Access to the room was appaling and downright dangerous. Access was gained up a narrow spiral stair with badly worn treads and no handrails. Thereafter one had to turn on a rickety, non-existant landing to get through the low [about 5 ft] door.

How to reach hotel

hotel The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel - Wells Wells location
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Hotel Address:

20 Sadler St, Wells, United Kingdom, BA5 2FE

Get directions
City Center
  • Wells
    700 ft
  • Bus stop
    5.5 mi
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms: