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“Bishops Palace on a great summers day out”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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US$10.35*
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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.
Radstock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Bishops Palace on a great summers day out”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

After viewing the Cathedral, this is a must see place, and it is right next door.
The grounds are stunning, with walks around that will enthrall everyone. Picnic areas are within the grounds, so you can rush around or better still, stroll around and take it all in. This is pure history. Now have your picnic.
Outside you can view the moat and hopefully some wildlife.
I have been many times and love it as much now as was my first visit many years ago.

Visited July 2014
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We visited Wells for the afternoon and came across The Bishop's Palace and Gardens unexpectedly. It's absolutely beautiful! The staff are all very welcoming and friendly and we ended up paying to walk around the full Palace and gardens which were all beautiful. It is smaller than you'd expect from the map, but having done a lot of walking already, this was a relief for us!
Very relaxing, lovely atmosphere.

Visited July 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unexpected delight.”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

After visiting the Cathedral which is quite grand, we wandered over to the Palace. Fabulous gardens, walkable rampart, moat and access to two floors of the old abbey which was fully furnished. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful & beautiful”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Surprised there were so few visitors - very interesting building, but the gardens are the centrepiece... if you have the time, take a book and find a seat, just enjoy.

Visited July 2014
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“Surpise site of Wells”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The cathedral is the obvious place to visit in Wells but don't overlook the wonderful Bishop's Palace and Gardens. We took a guided tour that lasted nearly 1.5 hours which was superb. Beautiful grounds and gardens, a rich history, plus many pieces of art throughout make this site one not to miss!

Visited July 2014
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