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
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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rachelg_7
Wiltshire, UK254 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
One of our favourite spots for a walk. Part castle and part gardens with interesting history. Water gardens and lock system used to supply the town.
Written 14 December 2021
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Thanks for your review, Rachel! So happy that you experienced the rich history of The Bishop's Palace!
Written 15 December 2021
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JuneBug1939
Weston super Mare, UK3,609 contributions
Nov 2021
We love the Bishop's Palace at Wells, it is steeped in history with oil paintings on the walls of previous incumbents, original furnishings and decor; and to survey the five pots at the rear where the underground water rises before running down Wells High Street, is thrilling in itself. And of course one has to see the swans on the moat! There were four there when we visited. Lots of other birds, too, including gulls, terns and, of course, pigeons. Highly recommended!
Written 2 December 2021
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Thank you for leaving a review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Bishop's Palace and experienced everything it has to offer. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 3 December 2021
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Ann H
York, UK1,824 contributions
Oct 2021
We hadn't got a lot of time so decided to wander around the exterior of this magnificent palace and the gardens. This was free and it was well worth it. The moat around the place was beautiful with the swans and other birds swimming around. There is a cafe in the gardens too for a coffee . Would definitely go back and look inside on another trip.
Written 25 November 2021
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Hi Ann, we're glad you had a nice visit and viewed the exterior of our beautiful Palace and moat. We do encourage you to visit the historic Palace interior and the 14 acres of RHS gardens which are hidden behind the ruins of the great hall. We look forward to seeing you again!
Written 29 November 2021
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Jonathan C
Reading, UK109 contributions
Nov 2021
It is not free. It cost £15 for each adult. But it is well documented and the gardens are very nice. Wells is not the biggest place in the world so a few sites to see help keep you away from the many excellent places to eat and drink.
Written 22 November 2021
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We're glad you enjoyed your trip to The Bishop's Palace! Thanks for your review.
Written 24 November 2021
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Cookiescot
Halesowen, UK590 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited the weekend they were holding a Christmas Artisan Market within the Palace, very interesting but we loved walking around the grounds after and seeing the poppy display within the garden.
Written 6 November 2021
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We are so happy to hear that you had a lovely time visiting the Palace! Thank you for your comment, we hope to see you again in the future!
Written 15 November 2021
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ian j
Oxford, UK197 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The palace and surrounding garden and buildings are lovely. The palace presents the history of the church here in a compelling way. You get a real sense of how the earlier bishops were involved in state and royal affairs - sometimes to their cost. Lovely to see the episcopal biographies of past and recent bishops. Very real. A dignified place.
Written 2 November 2021
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Neil C
London336 contributions
Oct 2021
The £15 admission fee meant that it was far less busy than around the cathedral. However, the history of the place, with attractive grounds and the chapel means that we felt it was worthwhile. The word that summed up our visit was 'tranquil'. (We entered at around 3pm, so perhaps it was busier earlier?)
Written 31 October 2021
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,527 contributions
Oct 2021
This place is well worth a visit if you like gardens or history. Sometimes parts of the palace are open too. It is a quiet, tranquil place. Entry is quite expensive for a single visit, but a ticket gives annual entrance. The children's playground is quite small but desperately needs some maintenance.
Written 26 October 2021
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Jeanette020
Bexleyheath112 contributions
Oct 2021
Unfortunately inside was not open when I visited. But gardens are well worth visiting. Also history very interesting
Written 26 October 2021
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108jot
Mersea Island, UK58 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very lovely house and gardens.
Disappointed to find that reduced entrance fees for RHS members only applies on Fridays!!!!
Went to get some lunch at their restaurant to be told at 11.55 pm that their lunch menu did not start until 12pm so they could not take the order!!!! Therefore we went somewhere else so they missed out on our business.
Written 25 October 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00