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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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+44 1749 988111
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great time exploring. Kids did a craft and then we easily spent over 2 hours adventuring around the grounds. Staff were all superb. Beautiful gardens. We all enjoyed and the dragon made it even more fun!

Thank Emma B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went here with family whilst in Somerset , I have attached images as the palace and gardens are far too beautiful to describe with words...lovely place. Little restaurant on site with outdoor seating (lovely in the sunshine) and there's also a little gift shop...More

Thank SOPHp17
Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately we were unable to visit the Palace as there was a wedding reception taking place but we had a wonderful time wandering around the gardens. You learn so much there about the history of Wells and the wells within the Palace gardens.

Thank JMB50
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Palace and moat several times during our stay in Wells. The moat was filled with lots of ducks and a swan family. The short walk round the moat is level and easily walked with lots of seats if required.. The grounds are...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 3 days ago

The gardens behind the palace are a relatively new addition and they are a delight. The entire place is immaculate and perfect for a restful stroll. The staff were very pleasant, particularly the elderly ticket-checker (a little older than me) at the entrance. well worth...More

Thank Tonytourist
Reviewed 4 days ago

We are true regulars here, we love to slowly wander the grounds and surrounds, you could easily while away many many hours without even paying to go in. The moat is always full of Swans, ducks, fish and other wildfowl. The nearby open countryside is...More

Thank priceey2003
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place felt very spiritual and kids enjoyed it too. 2 adults an 2 10 year olds. Play area was lovely and did a little map game (provided by staff) to orientate around grounds which children really enjoyed. Well worth a visit.

Thank kmcblue
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens exceeded expectation. Larger than I thought & very well kept. Would be easy to spend several hours there. Definately worth visiting. Clever play area for kids with a dragon! The palace was worth a visit too but not many rooms were open.

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is simply beautiful and where else can you find a moat with water surrounding where swans glide majestically by? The gardens are well hidden and if possible do a tour to get the most out of your experience. The cafe is run of...More

Thank fmcintyre
Reviewed 1 week ago

the moat - that was a surprise to find a moat surrounding the Bishop's Palace with ducks and lily pads!

Thank Mark G
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16 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.
8 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.