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 | 2 days ago
Beautiful gardens,very informative tour guide, lovely cafe.
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We visited in late April, which was the perfect time to enjoy the garden of remembrance, it's simple beauty unexpectedly moved me to tears. Highly recommended.
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Report | 6 days ago
Lovely gardens and tearoom. Great on a sunny day!
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Report | 7 days ago
AMAZING PLACE STAFF CAFE INFACT A GREAT DAY OUT
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Report | 12 days ago
Brilliant day out. Elegant house, beautiful gardens, atmospheric ruins and a lovely playground with gorgeous sculptured play structures. Can't wait to go again.
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Report | 12 days ago
Lovely gardens and very peaceful palace and grounds very good
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Report | 18 days ago
Stunning sett
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Report | 19 days ago
Interesting afternoon. Wear comfortable shoes!
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Report | 20 days ago
Beautiful place, totally loved it. Gorgeous gardens. Very interesting history given by a brilliant guide. I would highly recommend it! The city of Wells is a wonderful place too.
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Report | 20 days ago
Beautiful place lots to see especially the amazing red tulips
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