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“Just paying for the name!”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Wells
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 August 2012

My friend had her wedding reception here at the weekend and i had to write a review to warn others not to ruin your big day!!The gardens yes were ok not amazing to be fair,the "bar" consisted of a few wooden tables selling over priced warm drinks that were stored mainly on a table with a few bottled beers on a cooling rack which i dont even think was plugged in!The venue itself was far too small and the layout is terrible unless you have a very small gathering.The food that was served was in my opinion un-edible it was like someone had thrown together an iceland BBQ pack and couldnt cook properly,raw burgers,under cooked sausage and some prawn skewers swimming in rancid filth.I dont think i can blame the staff at the palace for the choice in music but the way its layed out means its impossible to hold a conversation even with just background volume.To sum it up as a wedding reception venue you are just paying for the name the quality,service and layout is a day dampener!

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Reviewed 21 July 2012

There's been a lot of work done at the Bishop's Palace since I was last there. There's a brand new visitor centre, more gardens, an arboretum and more. That's much more to interest.you.

The main attraction has to be the wells (hence the name of the City). They well up (sorry!) from the deep and you gaze into limpid depths. On a calm day, a wonderful view of the Cathedral is mirrored in the water of the pools.

If you like trees, there are some magnificent specimens, particularly the tulip trees and American walnuts.

And then there's the Palace. Though you can only visit a part of it, the best is the view of it from the outside. It is wonderful architecture. Almost worth becoming a bishop!

The cafe is fine for coffee or a drink but visit one of the restaurants in town if you want lunch. All give better value and quality.

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

My friend had her wedding reception here. It was an amazing venue, gorgeous both inside and outside. I probably wouldn't have gone in had it not been for the reception.. I now realise I would have missed out.

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Croquet on the lawn, white clothes and British to the core - must do..

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Architecturally, the Bishop's Palace is superb - a moat, drawbridge, fantastic frontage to the building, and beautifully maintained gardens. Internally, it has little to offer - which lets it down a little. Otherwise 'worth its money'.

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