The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace, Wells, SOMERSET BA5 2PD Directions

About this Business

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 guided tours and seasonal events such as plant fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.

Comments

Report | 4 years ago
Excellent place to visit, so much to see and do for any age group.
Report | 4 years ago
Beautifully maintained, peaceful gardens.
Report | 4 years ago
The well kept gardens are a pleasure to walk around and with the palace and the cathedral as a backdrop what more could you ask for
Report | 4 years ago
Lovely place to visit and great value with groupon
Report | 4 years ago
Gardens were lovely .. lots for the kids to do and the Wells waterway was really interesting and beautiful.. allotments showing different varieties ways to grow gave me some good ideas. The Palace itself is not very big and you only need about 40 mins. Chapel is very quai
Report | 4 years ago
Beautiful gardens and lovely place to spend the day
Report | 4 years ago
A wonderful day out in wells has to include The Bishops Palace especially the garden tour.
Report | 4 years ago
Hidden gem. We had a lovely afternoon wandering around the gardens and palace. Cafe looked good although we didn't eat there. Gardens in June were very pretty and plants are for sale too.
Report | 4 years ago
Lovely place and breakfast in cafe.
Report | 4 years ago
Very beautiful, peaceful place, with a very interesting history. It turns out that the springs are the sole reason for the City of Wells existing. Have been before and will go again as the wonderful gardens change with each season.

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