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
Beautifully tranquil feeling in the gardens.
Report | 4 years ago
Really lovely place to visit! Beautiful gardens, lovely walk and nice cafe with a wonderful selection of cakes. Well worth a visit.
Report | 4 years ago
Beautiful place. Full of local history very pretty gardens and Wells the city worth a visit. Good food in the Bishops Palace restaurant.
Report | 4 years ago
Beautiful,tranquil place to visit. Gardens are fabulous and Palace amazing with lots of interesting facts to learn. Highly recommend!
Report | 4 years ago
There is a nice outdoor playground with an excellent tree for climbing and a water mill as well as lots of open green space for kids to run around in.
Report | 4 years ago
Gentle afternoon spent in lovely gardens.
Report | 4 years ago
Just an interesting place. Beautiful grounds to stroll through, ruins and the sumptuous long room with historical details. The facilities were good too, great cafe with great food and really lovely staff. Would recommend.
Report | 4 years ago
Beautiful place to spend a couple of hours.
Report | 4 years ago
The grounds are so peaceful and beautiful - it's a magical place. I've been many times before but it's always a treat and for any newcomer to it there is much to see and enjoy.
Report | 4 years ago
We thought that the gardens were lovely, but very disappointed with the palace. A lot of cabinets had nothing in and rooms quite empty. Would not go again.

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