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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Report | 4 days ago
What a gem! Couldn't believe we haven't been before. Beautiful varied garden without too much walking. Wonderful views of the cathedral and moat. All day access allows returns after refreshment. Good cafe in the grounds and many more nearby. We look forward to seeing the changes when we return next month .
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Report | 4 days ago
Lovely place, looking forward to going back again soon.
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Report | 21 days ago
Lovely place to visit and would recommend the tour.
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Report | a month ago
Beautiful grounds and a very peaceful setting. We did the Easter Egg Hunt with the grandchildren and they loved the Dragons Lair play area.
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Report | 2 months ago
You can come and go all day on the same ticket, so if you don’t want to lunch in their own lovely cafe there are lots of places nearby. The gardeners are knowledgeable and very helpful. All parts are accessible for people with mobility issues, like me.
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Report | 3 months ago
too expensive
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Report | 10 months ago
A stunning place to visit. Historic palace in beautiful gardens. Wells is a gem
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Report | 10 months ago
Very pleasant visit. Mainly the gardens to see but a short video of the historical timeline for the Palace is to be found in the main building and worth watching.
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Report | 10 months ago
A great few hours out in well kept gardens- peaceful and full of history. The Palace itself is amazing, with so much to see. Great tearoom too!
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Report | 10 months ago
Excellent value for money
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