Escape for a few hours to Wells Cathedral; set in the heart of the medieval city and easily reached by car and public transport from Bristol. Self-guided family trails and free family creative workshops will be available throughout the summer; or you can join one of the regular free daily tours with one of the highly trained cathedral guides. They’re available every day (except Sundays), no booking is required, and highlights can include the magnificent West Front, stunning scissor arches, Chapter House and steps and the medieval Vicars’ Close. The cathedral also runs free ‘Window Walks’ and embroidery taster tours on most Saturdays and Wednesdays (April to October). Why not make a day of it with refreshments in the popular cathedral café or visit the Wells Market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. There’s no entrance fee at the cathedral but, as English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the government or Church of England, donations are very welcome.

• Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE; 01749 674483;