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Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat with resident Mute swans, you can cross the Drawbridge to experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the...more
All reviews ring a bell visited wells guided tour sunny day gardens are lovely entrance fee couple of hours free tour well worth the visit moat seals cathedral croquet allotments ramparts drawbridge arboretum
Nice grounds, ponds, park to walk about. The house and the chapel as equally delightful. To make the most of the ?£6.00 entry fee.... bring a picnic. They have a lovely little cafe as well but was closing when we got there.
Before visiting the Palace and gardens, you would have already resolved it's worse element.....car parking, LOL. Wells is a popular tourist location and thus parking is not necessarily easily found. Best option might be to park in one of the council car parks in and...More
Great history and gorgeous grounds to explore
It’s definitely worth taking the time to see this place if in Wells.
If you can get there early morning ....... before the grounds are open there’s some wonderful opportunities to take great photos.
Met and chatted to...More
Loved this place, it’s set in lovely surroundings, we didn’t actually pay go in as we didn’t have time but the buildings and area it is set in is so pretty. It’s surrounded by what looks like a moat and over the bridge inside the...More
The palace is an ancient stone building with little in the way of interior furnishing. There are portraits of [in most cases long-dead] former bishops. The gardens are pleasant but rather unkempt. The palace's own website describes it as "stunning". This is, frankly, untrue.More
Date of experience: November 2018
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
Dear Afterbrunel. Thanks for your review. Firstly, maybe take a look at the next 12 reviews after yours, all of which give us 5 stars and use superlatives such as stunning - their words, not ours. We're not quite sure why you would label our...More
Having visited the Cathedral we left the Bishops Palace until the following day so that we had time to explore.
The gardens are lovely, with some sculptures dotted around - then over the bridge to visit the Well Pools and Springs - from whence Wells...More
Wells is a gem. Stunning cathedaral west front, great moated Bishop’s palace which looked beautiful in gentle autumn sunlight.
Vicar’s close, a medieval street, unchanged since it was built. Town not overrun with tourists so you can explore in a leisurely manner.
Been there on more than one occasion, beautiful gardens and medieval palace where the Bishop of Bath and Wells still lives and works from. Fantastic night on Saturday with 1,796 poppies on the croquet lawn and the last post played by a bugle followed by...More
We had a lovely day exploring the gardens of the bishops palace, helped by the beautiful autumn weather we had. The gardens offered a tranquil place to wander and reflect, particularly poignant given that we were there on Remembrance Sunday. There was a Christmas craft...More
- The general setting is wonderful
- Gardens are a delight and the gardeners approachable and friendly
- What a lovely team - shop, restaurant, guide, volunteers all charming
- A great restaurant/cafe. Why would anyone go near the high street chain places when this...More
Date of experience: November 2018
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for this lovely review - we're really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. We are indeed reviewing the inside of the Palace and have a whole range of plans to ensure that visitors engage with the wonderful stories that we have...More
Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hi - we're an independent trust and our entrance tickets go towards the maintenance and conservation of the Palace & Gardens, so I'm afraid there are no discounts for English Heritage or National Trust. We are members of the... More
Hi - we're an independent trust and our entrance tickets go towards the maintenance and conservation of the Palace & Gardens, so I'm afraid there are no discounts for English Heritage or National Trust. We are members of the Historic Houses Association, so if you're a member, you'll get free entry.