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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

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Address: Wells, England
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Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval...

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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The palace and ruins are amazing. The gardens are awesom. A must see if you are in wells. The water works, hence the name Wells, is incredible considering how old it is. Hard to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Mike B
South Paris, Maine
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South Paris, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The palace and ruins are amazing. The gardens are awesom. A must see if you are in wells. The water works, hence the name Wells, is incredible considering how old it is. Hard to believe that something so huge and intricately built was started over 500 years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely place, lots to see. The gardens are lovely. Friendly staff very good coffee shop and plenty of places to sit whilst walking around

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Very interesting free tours of the garden or palace which add to the visit. Gardens are stunning in good weather, under publicised tourist attraction which helps it keep its charm.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We actually only visited the grounds as the palace was hosting a function inside. But this was fine by us as they only charged us half the entrance fee, besides I'm not sure how suitable inside would have been for my boisterous 2yr old. There was plenty to appreciate outside anyway, beautiful gardens and lovely views from the old palace... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We spent nearly the whole day here, it was so amazing. They have a great cafe overlooking the palace that sells lovely food. The palace is amazing and well worth the visit. We sat in the church for a while and reflected and walked through the amazing gardens. The buildings are amazing. They even let you have a play on... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The name of Wells is taken from the springs in the gardens here. Pretty amazing to see the water bubbling up in the ponds here. Plenty to see as you walk round - some beautiful sections of buildings, ponds, flower gardens, arboretum with kids play area, the inside of the house, chapel, lots of space, little bridges and space to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We enjoyed our visit to the Bishop's palace. The palace was interesting, but I found the gardens to be much more memorable! There were lots of spring flowers out when we went, and it was beautiful! Didn't see any swans ringing the bell unfortunately! The palace is beautifully lit up at night too, which is worth seeing!

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Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We have visited The Bishop's Palace many times, it is a truly beautiful serene place to be. The gardeners work incredibly hard to keep this place looking its absolute best. Inside the Palace is hugely interesting and there is a gorgeous little chapel there too...a MUST see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The house itself is OK, but the garden is very nice. On a dry day its a beautiful and relaxing. Friendly people as well, with good advice on the interesting places.

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Shaldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Didn't go into Palace as already paid £10 for entry to cathedral but did sit outside the café opposite. Lovely shady area. All tables outside were full and we were warned because we were sitting next to it in picnic area we would have to have take away. Stood for ages waiting for sandwiches whilst those sitting next to us... More 

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