Wells is full of places like this - historic, beautiful, interesting - and seemingly unknown to most.
The Bishops Palace is really two attractions - the house, and the gardens. We were fortunate enough to have a guide in the gardens, and I would recommend you arrange one, as there are lots in the gardens which are more interesting with explanation. And if you are interested in trees, there are some rare and interesting specimens in the 14-acre grounds, both inside and beyond the moat. The ruined Great Hall was largely demolished to open up the gardens for landscaping, and the gardens around the Palace are just beautiful. A bridge across the moat gives access to lots more of the garden, including the wells which give the town its name.
The moated palace was started in 1206, but the Bishop (of Bath and Wells) now lives in Bath. The chapel is well worth a visit, as is the Treasury.The Palace itself is really quite domestic in scale, and full of interest.
All in all, yet another of this extraordinary city's amazing places to see.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.