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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 months ago
Lovely day out- amazing gardens- can’t believe we haven’t been befure!
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This is a great place to take children for a short visit or for an all day adventure of play!
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Nice place to visit. Lots of history and a great play park for the kids
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Beautiful gardens. Really enjoyed the visit.
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Report | 5 months ago
Lovely place to visit right next to wells cathedral, nice play area for the children, we took a picnic and there was lots of places to sit to have lunch. Very beautiful place will go again.
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Was a lovely day, but short as had to leave early. Need to go again with more time in hand, but what we saw was special...
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Lovely gardens and surroundings. Worth a visit.
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Lovely gardens, very praceful
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Beautiful gardens .
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Excellent place to visit, so much to see and do for any age group.
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