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Muslim Travelers Exploring the city of Wells can find Halal restaurants and a mosque in Bath

The smallest city of England, Wells is located in Somerset on the southern end of the Mendip Hills. The city was originally started as a small Roman settlement that reached its peak during the Saxon times. The most significant feature of the city is its huge Gothic Cathedral. This quarter also contains the Bishop's Palace and the Vicar's Close, which is considered to be the oldest continuously settled street in Europe. The city has been named after the wells in the cathedral ground.

The Wells Cathedral is the only cathedral in England that has a Bishop's Palace and a Vicars Close. The cathedral rises above the town and is visible from miles. The most distinct features of the cathedral are the scissor arches. The Wells Museum located opposite to the cathedral portrays the history of the city. The museum is a Tudor building and houses several medieval sculptures.

The Chewton Dairy Farm is another interesting place to visit. Here you can learn about the production of cheese and also see them make it. Towards the north of the city is the Milton Lodge Gardens, which is a small terraced garden. Adventurous visitors can explore the Wookey Hole caves or enjoy hiking at the Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve, which are a few miles from the city.

The best place to shop in Wells is the High Street and the Market Place. These areas have several independent shops. On every Wednesday and Saturday the Market Place hosts a market selling local art, jewelry and other items.

Finding halal food in Wells is difficult. However the nearby cities of Bath and Bristol have a number of halal diners and takeaways. The closest masjid to Wells is also in the city of Bath.

The city is so compact that all the sites can easily be accessed on foot. However, visitors who want to explore the countryside can easily find taxis available across the city.

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UK Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: London

GEOGRAPHY

The United Kingdom lies between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. It shares a total land area of 243,610 square kilometres and northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border. The UK has a coast line of 17,820 kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 62 Million. Muslims account for about 2.8% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate varies with the seasons. Temperatures can even drop below -11°C or rise above 35°C. A mild and wet weather is in the eastern regions and majority of the rain falls over the western regions. Snowfall can occur in winter and summers are generally warm.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language. Irish, Cornish and Scots are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +0
Summer: GMT +1

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

New Year's Day: January 1st
May Day: May 1st
Christmas: December 25th
Boxing Day: December 26th

CURRENCY

Pound Sterling

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire : 999 or 112

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