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 | 8 days ago
We visited on a lovely sunny day and enjoyed viewing the beautiful gardens at leisure. There is ample seating to admire the plants and wells which give the city its name. The chapel was very peaceful and has beautiful stained glass windows. The Palace is a joy to walk round, although we had thought there were more rooms to see. However what we did see was very interesting. It was also pleasing to see there was a lift to access the upper floor.
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Report | 15 days ago
The Bishop's Palace gardens were a surprising find,they are beautiful. The view from the walls of the gardens was lovely. Would highly recommend.
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Report | 17 days ago
A beautiful garden brilliantly kept. Such a tranquil atmosphere. The cygnets, only a few days old, took to the water with their proud parents. A lovely sight .
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Report | 18 days ago
We had a lovely day out at the Bishop's Palace. Away from the hustle and bustle of the marker in Wells, this place was a bit of a quiet sanctuary on the day we visited. The gardens are beautiful, the views from the bastion are great and the play area would have kept my children entertained all day. It's not a huge place but if you take a picnic in the summer you can make a full day of it. Great value for money.
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Report | 20 days ago
I love the Bishops Palace, the gardens are beautiful and relaxing. The children loved exploring the Palace's it was a 'castle' as far as they are concerned with it's surrounding moat and swans. The grounds are beautiful as they the ruins part of the Palace with their huge window arches. There are lots of hidden away parts which are fun to explore and the Dragon Gardens playground is really enjoyable for the children. The cafe serves really nice food, drinks and cake. Your kids wont get bored and you wont regret going there. Plus right next door you have Wells Cathedral, the old Market Place and the oldest residential street in the UK.
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Report | 21 days ago
This is a short guided tour of the Bishops Palace but very informative. The gardens and moat are well worth a visit.
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Report | a month ago
we did both the palace tour and the garden tour which were optional but free. They were very informative. Well worth it
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Report | a month 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 | a month ago
Lovely way to spend a few hours Beautiful
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Report | a month 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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