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“Wonderful”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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US$10.59*
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Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Wells
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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.
Measham, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

A truly great day out, amazing collection of trees and plants, beautiful gardens, well laid out with good information. The palace and chapel have lots of history, this is a great value visit allow several hours if you have a garden interest.

Visited June 2014
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Derbyshire
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318 reviews
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“Lovely Day Out”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to both the gardens and palace. The gardens really are an oasis of tranquility. We also loved looking around the allotments, seeing what the townsfolk were growing. The palace was very interesting. Would recommend to anyone who was interested in either plants, trees or history.

Visited June 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Beautiful. Tranquil.”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We loved the private green oasis hidden behind these walls.
Lovely coffee shop outside entry also. Very nice.

Visited May 2014
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“The Moat and the Swans...”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The surrounds of the Palace are lovely with opportunities for swan feeding. The gardens are very mixed - I had hoped to get near the ancient Celtic healing pool but it is fenced off! However for masses of cultivated colour and blossom trees it is beautiful I have tried the cafe but found it disappointing: virtually no attention paid to gluten-free, the food is expensive and pots of tea weak! Maybe the decor could be softened as it feels a bit like a refectory? Personally I do not like dogs near my food!

Visited October 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“ENTHUSIASTIC STAFF . FANTASTIC AND BEAUTIFUL!! Be careful about parking”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

On arrival we struggled to park for a bit but after a bit of driving room found somewhere.

We had a coupon thats was excepted no problem.

We had a picnic on grounds surrounded by beauty.

The man that showed us in and showed us a rout was so enthusiastic,friendly and seemed really thrilled that a group of young ladies wanted to be there.

The grounds are stunning!! You'll want to take lots of photos.

I just wish there had been written more about the history of the palace!

Stop at the giftshop before you leave they had some unique bits and bobs.

A wonderful day out with my best friends.

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