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The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset 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 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 daily, free, guided tours, and organises seasonal events such as plant fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.

Comments

Report | a year ago
Very good
Report | a year ago
Very interesting tour.
Report | a year ago
A lovely place to spend an afternoon. Architecture and gardens great. Not much to see inside the palace but made up for by the grounds. Lovely views from the walls.
Report | a year ago
Interesting house and lovely grounds. Fab coffee shop.
Report | a year ago
Great place and the kids/dog enjoyed it !
Report | a year ago
Beautiful buildings, informative literature, beautiful gardens.
Report | a year ago
Absolutely beautiful place with a really interesting history
Report | a year ago
Lovely gardens and beautiful interiors. Really enjoyed our visit!
Report | a year ago
Gardens fabulous and we'll worth a visit. Don't much bother with the palace as not overly much to see.
Report | a year ago
Fantastic day out

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