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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Lot to see with beautiful view of the Cathedral
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Enjoyable day out with free tours of palace and gardens. Wells Cathedral is next door too. Well worth the visit.
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Wells is a lovely old town with great shops and cafes and although we had a bit of difficulty with finding parking, once we had parked up it was a short walk to the Bishops Palace. We had a very good tour with a great guide around the Palace and then we wandered around the beautiful tranquil gardens of the palace. We then went to Vicars Close - the most amazing medieval street and sat admiring the cathedral from the cathedral green. We had a great day in Wells and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks Groupon.
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Have plenty of time to enjoy and take a picnic if the weather is good.
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We loved the whole experience. Staff were helpful, the Palace gardens stunning - we spent most of our time exploring the beautiful different gardens. The Palace was magnificent. My husband had a mobility scooter, nothing was a problem - all accessible. Thoroughly recommend a wonderful day out - dont forget the picnic!
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Sadly not able to access the palace as a wedding was taking place.
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Lovely gardens with views of cathedral. Peaceful surroundings. Helpful and attentive tour guides. Garden tour included.
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Lovely gardens to see and quiet corners to relax. An oasis of calm.
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Enjoy the history, gardens and tranquility.
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Fascinating palace,stunning gardens.Wish we had allowed more time to wander.
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