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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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This is a wonderful place to visit. You can visit the gardens or include the Palace interior as well. We had planned the second, but ran out of puff! But the gardens are a... read more

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Paul S
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit. You can visit the gardens or include the Palace interior as well. We had planned the second, but ran out of puff! But the gardens are a wonderful place. Surrounded by a high wall, large in extent, and including wonderful pools of water including the 'wells'. There are great garden views of the... More 

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning place. Spent a good 3 hours there and could've stayed longer if the weather wasn't so hot! The gardens are so beautiful and the ponds are so peaceful. Well worth the price. Will be making regular visits in the future.

Thank Lyn J
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to the Bishops Palace and Gardens and found it to be very interesting. The gardens, walls and moat are well worth a visit as was the Palace. I found the people playing a game of croquet on the lawn intriguing..

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Muskogee, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The opulence of the Bishop's lifestyle aside, this is an easy addition to a visit to Wells Cathedral, next door. The wall (climb the steps to walk atop it) and the surrounding moat are the real photo opps. Inside is just a rich man's house.

Thank ConnorsProf
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 hours wandering around and we have no idea where the time went. We loved the place and the variety of planted areas. In fact, there is so much to see that if you have an interest in gardening, you will need to visit more than once and we will most certainly visit again. We discovered that there... More 

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Brooks, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can visit the moat and the front of the palace for a snack and a beautiful view without a charge. When you want to enter the actual palace and its gardens, though, you have to pay to enter. The gardens are magnificent and make a beautiful visit for a picnic or a sunny day out. The exterior of the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Next door to Wells Cathedral. No artifacts and expensive to park outside of gardens. £8.00 per person admission fee piggy backing on the back of the fantastic Cathedral. Once inside and time restricted I was informed that I could return for free when I went back to move my car. By this time I had a lengthy journey to travel... More 

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Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Jimmy. What a shame your visit was clearly marred by your parking experience. We are able to recommend cheap and free parking around the City, so next time, do make sure to ask us. I think that 800 years of history, a Visit England Gold Accolade, RHS partner garden status and 100,000 visitors a year might just disagree with... More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have already spent half a day in the superb cathedral next door then spend the rest if the day in this fine palace and the lovely grounds. The cafe is quite good, too.

Thank David D
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you David. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely incredible from start to finish. Fantastic venue inside and out. Beautiful gardens and such a romantic venue to host a wedding reception. Our wedding planner, Kelly was superb with great attention to detail as were the whole team working on our big day. Food was delicious. I would recommend using this venue to anyone :)

Thank Jennifer S
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Jennifer. Huge congratulations on your wedding and many thanks for your kind words. I'm so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your special day and will pass on your words to Kelly and her team. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful house (castle) and grounds, well worth visiting. Makes sure you leave plenty of time to explore, including the moat round the outside!

Thank Bobtdiver

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