The Bishop's Palace

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The Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD The Bishop's 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 | 9 days ago
What a beautiful place. We had a great day out and even took the dog as they are allowed in the gardens.
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Report | 9 days ago
Lovely place with very pretty gardens and a good picnic area for children. It's worth wandering around the outside of the grounds to spot the swans.
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Very interesti
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Report | 10 days ago
Lovely experience. Great gardens. Good cafe.
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Report | 12 days ago
Beautiful gardens (dog friendly) with a lovely kids play area. We had a wonderful afternoon here.
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Report | 15 days ago
Make sure you get there in time to enjoy the cafe/restaurant area. The actual wells take a bit of finding but are well worth the effort. A fascinating geographical phenomenon. Take a pianist with you, if possible, to enjoy the Grand piano.
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Report | 15 days ago
It's beautiful place to walk around and soak up the past.
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Report | 16 days ago
A lovely day out. Beautiful gardens amazing for kids and adults.
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Report | 17 days ago
Glad I bought deal through groupon to visit The Bishops Palace, it was really nice to see the lovely gardens and Palace.
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Great place for the family
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