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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
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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 City of Wells. The Palace sits within 14 acres of RHS partner gardens, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. In the Arboretum is the newly developed "Dragon's Lair" children's playground to tire out little legs. There are daily Guided Tours, a Cafe serving delicious lunches, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Dogs are welcome on leads.
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Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Visited whilst on holiday in the area. Initially just popped in for a coffee but finished up spending half a day there with time in the building - which was interesting - and the gardens which were delightful. To top off the experience three local...More

Thank W W
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and great walking spaces around the moat and of course the swans and ducks. The swans are trained to ring a bell for food, but we weren't at the palace to see it.

Thank one1worldtraveller
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our stroll around the gardens & found it very relaxing.The occasional sit down & admire the surroundings were very pleasant.Very neat & tidy.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We have just visited for the day while staying near Bath. What a beautiful, stunning location to visit. The grounds are without doubt the most beautiful we've seen and the staff are friendly, helpful and very pleasant. We had two dogs with us and could...More

Thank michellejsinden
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

The Bishops Palace is situated close to the Market Square and Cathedral in Wells and is absolutely gorgeous. The walls and moat are beautiful and we were lucky enough to arrive in time for one of the guided tours that was included in the entrance...More

Thank Gedrico
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We had a guided tour around the gardens and thoroughly enjoyed it. We learnt about the history of the garden and were shown around the many areas including the community allotment area, the rampart walk, the dahlia beds filled with various Bishops dahlias, the hot...More

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I've been loads of time but took a couple of friends from Australia and had a lovely time wandering around. Palace and gardens very impressive and nice lunch too.

Thank wendy w
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The bishops palace hasn't a great deal of interest, but during my visit an exhibition about the development of Wells was worth seeing. But the gardens are superb, and there are several benches where you can enjoy the summer sun and the herbaceous borders.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Do this in conjunction with the Wells Cathedral and you'll be a better person. Nice grounds and most. Cathedral probability more impressive building site.

1  Thank papawis
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

On a sunny day this was a lovely place to have a walk around Well kept gardens and nice atmosphere, definitely worth a look if you're in Wells

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15 March 2017|
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Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. If you call us in advance, we can book you a blue badge space at the Palace. 01749 988 111.
7 October 2016|
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Response from Hankahl | Reviewed this property |
Yes , on lead.
30 August 2016|
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Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. The Palace will close on 23rd December 2016 and reopen on 7th January 2017, so will unfortunately be closed on those dates.