The Bishop's Palace

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Bishops Palace, Wells BA5 2PD Bishops Palace, Wells BA5 2PD Directions
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Dating back to the year 1206, The Bishop's Palace once served as suitably grand lodgings for the medieval bishops of Bath and Wells. The historic edifice is surrounded by a moat and features a flagstone drawbridge, vaulted entrance and portcullis. Within, visitors can find restored furnishings, explore the ruined hall and admire the chapel's decorative murals.

Venturing back outside, the 14 acres of gardens encompass well pools, rare plants and flower displays. Guests can observe the greenery from viewing platforms, spot wildlife such as swans or stop by an arboretum, home to a ten-metre dragon fashioned out of willow. The Bishop's Table serves refreshments, and there are plenty of picnic spots scattered around. The venue regularly puts on guided tours, and organises seasonal events such as plant fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.

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Report | 3 days ago
About 8 years since I've been and wonder why I waited so long! Beautiful in the spring sunshine. If there's a guided tour of grounds or palace take it - they are free and reasonably short. Dragons Lair a great place for children. Experience mindfulness in the Reflections garden. And go Groupon!
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Report | 4 days ago
Lovely way to spend a few hours Beautiful
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Report | 6 days ago
Lots of history and a beautiful location. This was our second visit and will come again later in the year.
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Report | 7 days ago
Did not enjoy as expected , smaller than thought and not a great deal to see inside.Gardens not really very established with a lot of new plants I am sure will improve as they mature.
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Report | 7 days ago
Lovely gardens and grounds and very friendly staff. Have been a few times now and would highly recommend, great for children too.
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Report | 7 days ago
Very enjoyable day joined the tour of the gardens and the tout guide was very good, refreshment facilities on site excellent with good food and menu. Will be going again.
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Report | 23 days ago
Beautiful grounds, lovely cafe and nice way to spend a day.
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Report | 23 days ago
The tour is very informative and the place itself conjures up a vision of days gone by....Not to be missed
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Report | 23 days ago
Beautiful grounds and gardens. Loads to see inside the palace. Highly recommended for history lovers as the buildings date back to the C16th and beyond.
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Report | a month ago
Lovely relaxing couple of hours even though it rained. The grounds are beautiful and really well kept. All the people we saw were friendly and helpful(mostly volunteers). Well worth a visit. Parking quite good in square at top of high street or long stay parking above waitrose the walk up the high street nice.
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