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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Ranked #3 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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Reviewed 18 August 2014

The bishops palace is a gorgeous cute little palace but it is the gardens that were the most enchanting. The locals have a

Visited August 2014
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Somerton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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“A hidden treasure and something different”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Nestled in beautiful gardens next to Wells Cathedral this hidden treasure should not be missed. Although part ruins, it is so very atmospheric and fascinating history to be learned. There are numerous events to attend, one of which was The History of Britain in 2 hours, presented by a travelling group of players called The Pantaloons. Staged outside, take your own picnic/wine etc., or BBQ available if preferred. Full of fun, pathos and a great deal of poetic licence. Great family entertainment in a magical setting. Do give it a try. If you don't want the history bit then the cafe/restaurant does really tasty food, good coffee (amazing hot chocolate) all at very reasonable prices.

Visited August 2014
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

What a wonderful place. Gorgeous gardens to explore and wander about, and lose yourself in. Great place to bring a picnic and just chill. There are sculptures, flowers, trees and water running through the gardens. There is children’s trail too with things to find, including the dragon! Very peaceful. See if you can find the gardens cat. There is always someone not very far away to tell you about the gardens and palace. There is a café were you can watch locals playing croquet. Ask about the swans, great story there.
There is good wheelchair access. You can re-enter the gardens if you keep your receipt, so if you want to have a wander about Wells then come back you can. Wednesdays and Saturdays are market day. The market is well worth a look. Fab gluten free stall.

Visited July 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Nice to chill out a grab a drink”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

The Palace and its gardens are pretty stunning and a great place to chill out on a nice day and grab some food or a drink in the cafe.
It felt very English when we were there with some people in all there gear playing croquet.

Visited August 2014
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great play area for kids”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

There is a really lovely play area for kids in the grounds that is safe and a good size. Lovely location right in the town centre just behind Ask

Visited August 2014
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