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The tiny city unlike any other in England 3 hours from London perfect for a mini break

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After the weekend of weather we’ve had, many Londoners will doubtless be eager to escape the capital the first chance they get.

And with the immediate forecast for London not too good, we think we’ve found the perfect destination for a weekend away.

The pretty city of Wells is England’s smallest city and is located just 3 hours from the capital.

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It has a glowing reputation with travellers, as thousands of people visit the place each year and leave having thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Wells High Street

Not many city’s this size can boast such a spectacular cathedral, a beautiful town centre or claim to have been where one of the best-loved films of the 21st century was filmed, but Wells can.

The little city has clear traveller pedigree being the 2020 winner of the Which? best small city for a weekend break.

Which? described Wells as a “compact but perfectly formed gem.”

It said: “Plum on the central green perches Wells Cathedral, an epic endeavour of ecclesiastical architecture raised as England’s first Gothic cathedral between 1175 and 1490.

“Alongside runs Vicar’s Close, one of the only intact residential medieval streets left in Britain, with the moated Bishop’s Palace close by.

“All that adds up to the full five stars for Wells’ cultural attractions.

“Better still, it’s walkable: England’s smallest city has a historic core that’s hardly a mile wide.”

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Nicholas Frost and Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz which was filmed in Wells

And although you might not realise it, you’re probably well acquainted with Wells already.

The Somerset city was transformed into the fictional village of Sandford for a few weeks in 2006 while filming of the police comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took place.

To this day it’s possible to have a pint in the same pub that was used in the film and many film aficionados still travel to the city to recreate famous scenes.

How to get there

Head out of London on the A4 and join the M4 near Heathrow.

From there its a series of short sprints on the M25 and M3 before following local roads to Wells.

Alternatively, regular trains run from Paddington Station with a journey time of 2 hours and 43 minutes.

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