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“Good cafe and city centre gardens”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Ranked #2 of 27 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.
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“Good cafe and city centre gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Sadly the Palace itself is sometimes shut for wedding functions and was on our visit. We had a good light lunch - fresh and imaginative roast pork sandwich - at the café. You can walk around the outside of the palace by the moat without charge. If you pay to go in, you can see the wells that gave the city its name: clear spring water from the Mendips bubbling up constantly.

Visited May 2014
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“Impressive Gardens, House Not So Much”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We took a bus ride from Bath to Wells to see the Cathedral and this attraction and arrived just in time to start the next guided tour. The grounds and landscaping were amazing but unfortunately the guide spent way to much time walking the group through it and taking us very slowly to see the wells. It was not helped by some of the tour group wanting to chat along the way thus falling behind the remainder of the group and delaying the tour. We decided to break away from the tour so that we would have time to see the house/palace. Unfortunately the palace only had 4 large rooms semi-furnished. Not really much to it, but it is still a working rectory and parish administration building.

Visited May 2014
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Maidenhead, England
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“Spectacular gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

The Bishop's Palace is best known for the historic building itself. That's impressive but as a non-gardener I was particularly impressed with the gardens. They were so well maintained and a great place to wander. There's also a good café (light snacks, teas, coffees, etc) and a world-class woodpile near the entrance. I know that's an odd feature to mention but a friend commented on it as well.

Visited May 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Just lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

We visited The Bishop's Palace and Gardens in Wells, Somerset yesterday on a warm, sunny day - just right for what is here. The city of Wells is lovely and this is in one of the loveliest areas of it. I had lived in Wells many years ago and often visited the Palace area but in those days it wasn't open to the public. I had no idea what a gem was hidden behind those walls!
First of all we went into the lovely chapel then from there into the palace itself. There is plenty to see regarding the history of the palace and its incumbents and also at present there is a display of interesting items from other churches in the area. You can join a guided tour or find your own way around. The guides and volunteers are all very friendly and knowledgable.
After seeing everything indoors we went into the beautiful gardens. We have visited many lovely gardens in this country and in Europe and these favourably compete with them. They flow naturally into quite different "rooms" and are very well maintained. They are full of beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers and also various objets d'arte.
There is a picnic area in the grounds if you want to bring your own food or you can buy from the on-site cafe which has good snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. There is indoor and outdoor seating.
All in all, this is well worth a visit. worth every penny of the admission charge.

Visited June 2014
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Virginia, USA
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“Beautiful building and grounds, great exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

We visited here about 20 years ago but the palace was not open to the public. We were happy to see the beautiful rooms and stunning chapel, with some very interesting exhibits about the church history and artifacts. The grounds are gorgeous.

Visited May 2014
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