The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Gardens
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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. Regular events and activities take place including children's activities in the holiday time.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Felix
Essex, UK446 contributions
Quite stunning
Jun 2021
The Palace and gardens are stunning. The tour of the house itself is worth doing. It’s not too big but it’s exhibits and rooms are interesting. The gardens are lovely and watching croquet being played on the lawn outside the palace is quintessentially British. We were so lucky to visit on a beautiful summers day. Do the tour of the gardens it’s very interesting. Thanks to Denise who answered all our questions so knowledgeably.
Written 16 June 2021
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John F
Ashtead227 contributions
Worth visiting
Jun 2021
Beautiful grounds with much water and surrounded by a moat. The residence itself was interesting and it was great that the public could visit this property and gardens.
Written 14 June 2021
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK3,789 contributions
Seriously Nice
Jun 2021 • Couples
Breathtakingly beautiful and offering a perfect view of the cathedral and a masterclass in gardening and horticultural excellence.

At this time of year the gardens are almost unbelievable. An excellent opportunity to see the ultimate English Garden.

When in Wells - not to be missed.
Written 7 June 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,154 contributions
Very picturesque but quite expensive for what it is
May 2021
A very picturesque garden and old Bishops palace. But in terms of being £15 compared to other better attractions expensive.
Written 7 June 2021
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Susie I
London, England, United Kingdom19 contributions
Beautiful and Interesting Place
May 2021
Really interesting history (try and do the tour which is free). Beautiful gardens and the history of all the various Bishops is fascinating..
Written 4 June 2021
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Thank you for your review - also for your recommendation of the guided tours which we're so pleased to be running again!
Written 6 June 2021
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PirloParty
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK69 contributions
Honoured to visit the Bishops Garden
May 2021 • Couples
Was privileged to be invited to explore the Bishop Garden. After wading through Jesus cabbage patch, we found the beautiful gardens. Lots of green, trees and bins as big as your Missus. Praise the Lord 🙏
Written 24 May 2021
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alison s
10 contributions
History and gardens
May 2021 • Couples
Fantastic gardens full of historic details about the Abbey and Wells. Lovely walk through the Palace as well. Well worth the money, would recommend
Written 24 May 2021
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Gerry U
Glastonbury, UK77 contributions
A Pleasant Way to Spend a Couple of Hours
May 2021
This is a nice way to spend a couple of hours. The gardens are pleasant with lovely views over the moat. The gardens lack colour at his time of the year ( mid may) but the ticket allows you to revisit as often as you like later on.
The palace obviously lacks the grand architectureand size of the Cathedral next door but is worth a look around, as is the small chapel.
The experiene is pleasant rather than spectacular or grand. It's worth the £15 as the ticket allows you to revisit for free as often as you like.
We didn't eat in the restaurant.
Written 21 May 2021
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Peter D
1 contribution
Extremely Expensive Now
May 2021 • Couples
I used to enjoy visiting the gardens, however the gardens now appear to be playing rake in the money post covid. Beware the entrance is now £15 per person and to be quite honest it isn't worth it.
Written 17 May 2021
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Hello Peter. I think you might have missed the fact that your ticket is valid for 12 months, so you can visit as many times as you like for £15 for the year! It's the very opposite of trying to 'rake in the money'. We created a new ticket so that anyone who is able to can visit all year round for only £1.25 per month!!
Written 6 June 2021
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,369 contributions
Very nice
Apr 2021
During covid the buildings were mostly not open. (The chapel was available though.) The gardens make a diverse park area, with a range of different style. Some lovely spring planting. The primrose bank against the out walls and the tulips under the trees in the memorial garden are both very dramatic. There is a decent childrens play area. The gardens encompass allotments, gardened by locals. There is a cafe by the entrance

Entrance is quite pricey for a single visit but the locals seem to use the area as 'their park'.
Written 10 May 2021
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Thank you for your review - we are now fully open again, so if you get the chance, do use your ticket to visit again.
Written 6 June 2021
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