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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Great place to visit.
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A great day out for all ages. Beautiful gardens to explore .
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Historical building, a rare survival, in beautiful gardens. Stunning. Highly re
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I actually bought two as gifts and then decided to buy another one as I was going out with a friend for the day and was not sure where to go. It was well worth the visit. You could go round at your own steam or go on the guided tours,but one for the palace which took about 30 mins and another 40 min tour of the gardens. Both tours were very informative and very worthwhile doing as you learn so much. It wad s good day out as Wells is such a lovely place with the cathedral and shops also to visit. I would certainly visit again.
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Report | 22 days ago
Beautiful gardens with great views of the cathedral as a backdrop.
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Beautiful gardens and buildings. Amazing daffodils. Great day out.
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Stunning grounds a must see
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Report | a month ago
Lovely place to visit, beautiful gardens, great cafe.
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What a super place this is to visit. The gardens are beautiful and it's a lovely walk around the moat too.
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Report | 9 months ago
Very good day out lovely gardens interesting buildings and a great place to Picnic
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