We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 10.56*
and up
Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ring a bell” (13 reviews)
“guided tour” (39 reviews)
Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (998)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 953 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I've been loads of time but took a couple of friends from Australia and had a lovely time wandering around. Palace and gardens very impressive and nice lunch too.

Thank wendy w
Reviewed 2 days ago

The bishops palace hasn't a great deal of interest, but during my visit an exhibition about the development of Wells was worth seeing. But the gardens are superb, and there are several benches where you can enjoy the summer sun and the herbaceous borders.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Do this in conjunction with the Wells Cathedral and you'll be a better person. Nice grounds and most. Cathedral probability more impressive building site.

Thank papawis
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On a sunny day this was a lovely place to have a walk around Well kept gardens and nice atmosphere, definitely worth a look if you're in Wells

Thank Leeandkatie2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten many times into the Bishops Palace. It is free to get into the grounds but you have to give a small fee to visit indoors.

Thank DerekGatt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well kept, colourful and interesting garden. Set off very well with the walls and water courses. Situated right next to the Abbey and market square. If you have the Gardeners World 2 for 1 offer then it is half price for a couple or...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully laid out and tended gardens. Plenty of space and variety of quiet spots, formal gardens, children's play area, etc. All with an aire of spiritual tranquility.

Thank Keith H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bishops Palace is a hidden gem! It is an absolute haven of tranquility & certainly worth a visit. Frequently there is a croquet team to watch, the resident swans are delightful, especially when they ring the bell for feeding. The gardens are amazing! Where...More

Thank Rosina T
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Rosina Many thanks for this great review. If we ever need a copywriter to give an amazing write up of the Palace, we'll know who to contact! We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope you come again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are visiting Somerset the Bishop's Palace is an absolute must. Swans and cygnets, beautifully maintained gardens with a superb children's play area; waterfalls, springs, local history explained on fascinating tours; exhibitions and, of course, a cafe.

Thank Julia D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Particularly enjoyed looking around the gardens and moat which are beautifully tended and we were lucky enough to have super weather which is an added bonus.

Thank Graham H
Nearby Restaurants
Square Edge Cafe
235 reviews
.24 km away
The Fountain Inn Gastro Pub
487 reviews
.23 km away
The Courtyard Restaurant
413 reviews
.32 km away
Rugantino Restaurant
400 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby Attractions
Wells Cathedral
2,423 reviews
.21 km away
Vicar's Close
646 reviews
.21 km away
St Cuthbert's parish Church
66 reviews
.59 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 March 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. If you call us in advance, we can book you a blue badge space at the Palace. 01749 988 111.
8 October 2016|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from Hankahl | Reviewed this property |
Yes , on lead.
30 August 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. The Palace will close on 23rd December 2016 and reopen on 7th January 2017, so will unfortunately be closed on those dates.