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The Bishop's Palace

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Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD Bishops Palace, Wells 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 the newly built Dragon's Lair play area, with an array of climbing frames, tree pods and a water wheel with pump and sluice gates. 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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A lovely garden, perfect for a summers day. Kids loved the trails and the play area
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I absolutely loved this place. My kids too. Will come again especially when kids activities, stories are there :-)
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It was a very tranquil and peaceful walk around the grounds. A really nice way to spend a sunny day and full of charm I’ve been twice using Groupon and would go again
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we spent most of the time in the gardens....it was so peaceful.....all the roses are fragrant. Mother and ducklings on the water and a lovely setting. Very enjoyable day.
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Interesting building and history...gardens are a lovely place to visit
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I gardens are amazing There is a lot of walking but as long as you give your self's time you can see it all .There is a lot of places to stop and relax a great day out
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Note vouchers not valid on special days please phone before to make certain you can enter on your day of going.well worth the trip and don't forget the cathedral.
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Beautiful setting
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Beautiful Just wandered around this lovely garden, it was a joy, good for the soul.
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Expertly cared for flower gardens in a country garden way plenty to see will be coming back again.
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