The Bishop's Palace

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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 | 4 months ago
Very good day out lovely gardens interesting buildings and a great place to Picnic
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Always better on a sunny day, adds to the magic
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Lovely spot. Great for families.
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It was ok, but in the very centre of Wells, next to the Cathedral.It is quite small and the cathedral bells rang all the time we were there, about 3 hours. Also, there is no parking and the Town car parks are very busy and quite expensive
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Pleasant and interesting surroundings.
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A beautiful place to visit ,,, the gardens are well maintained and beautiful,,, a little disappointed that only a few rooms open to view
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Beautiful, stunning gardens
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Lovely day, lots to see nice cafe and games for children, guided walks very interesting it will take the whole day if you explore the gardens and palace....lovely.
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A beautiful oasis in a pretty market city...the smallest city in England. Lovely grounds with plenty of seating so you can sit and relax. Gardens and the famous Wells a joy to visit......tea roos just at the entrance with indoor and outdoor tables..toilets near by and plants to buy. A truly good Groupon to purchase
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A very nice place with beautiful gardens. The Bishops Palace was very nice and has a lovely chapel. The cafeteria was well stocked and all the staff were very friendly
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