The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace, Wells, SOMERSET BA5 2PD Directions

About this Business

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 offers guided tours and seasonal events such as plant fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.


Report | 6 months ago
Was not allowed into the Palace as they were preparing for Xmas craft market.wasted journey
Report | 7 months ago
Beautiful setting, plenty to see
Report | 9 months ago
Money better spent looking round the Cathedral
Report | 10 months ago
We have visited several times before using a groupon voucher. As we were taking grandchildren we were once again disappointed with the children’s play area. The whole wooden climbing frame was roped off as dangerous and the small tower with the water pump was still out of action after 2 years. The gardens were lovely as always but the dragons lair seems sad and neglected. Had we known it was in that state we would not have taken advantage of the voucher. Disappointed.
Report | a year ago
Offered good reduction on entry price
Report | a year ago
Easy purchase and booking date and slot to visit.
Report | a year ago
It was a lovely tour of the garden even though the weather had been bad they were looking immaculate we had a free guided tour which was very interesting and I learned new things even though I had been before
Report | a year ago
The vendor refused to let us have the annual pass based on our purchase. However it was a lovely visit.
Report | a year ago
A lovely day out. Our Granddaughter had a great time in the play area
Report | 3 years ago
Very good

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