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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
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Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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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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Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Stunningly beautiful buildings surrounded by tranquil and well tended gardens and a full circle moat with resident swans and ducks. Beautiful trees and ruins of much earlier buildings.

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit! Activities are spot on, too. The staff are helpful and the dragon's lair is fantastic.More

Thank Ian D
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Thanks for this review Ian - we're delighted that you like our new Dragon's Lair play area. As you're local and just in case you don't already know, we have an annual Membership scheme, that starts from only £28 and allows you to visit all...More

Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed looking at the various historical objects such as various paintings, sceptres etc. The structure was also well kept, which provided me with a great opportunity to understand British history better. I would recommend people near Wells to come, as nearby is also...More

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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing moated palace with heaps of history and very interesting gardens. A must see when in Wells. Great cafe too with outdoor seating.

Thank soniavbuk
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The tour of the Bishops palace is well worth a visit but only on a dry day because you need to see the grounds including where the springs come out of the ground which gave Wells its name

Thank thehappyfour186334
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Unfortunately on the day of our visit the palace was closed, although we were able to walk around the entrance garden. The lady on the gate was keen to let us know that the café was open, for tea, coffee and cakes. Annoyingly the cathedral...More

Thank AggiePirate
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

We're really sorry to hear that you visited on one of the days that we were closed for an event. I do hope that you'll be back in the area some time soon. We always post our closed dates on the website, so do check...More

Reviewed 7 December 2016

We thought they had a guided tour at 12 noon (check online) & they did so it was nice to find out some information about the Palace, there are some information sheets around to tell you about everything but it was nice to have a...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Lovely place. Interesting buildings and beautiful grounds. We were lucky enough to arrive just as a guided tour was about to start, which is included in the admission price. Tour guide very informative and friendly. Tour gave us a good basic insight into the history...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This is a truly delightful and rather unusual experience. Beautifully kept gardens and grounds in the shadow of the wonderful cathedral.

Thank Alister C
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Many thanks for your lovely review - we think you've hit the nail on the head with your description!

Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

The palace itself, aside from the Chapel, is not very interesting but the grounds are great. You can take your dog around everywhere but not inside. You can see a great reflection of the cathedral in the natural ponds formed from the Wells after which...More

Thank Nursej9c
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Please advise re disabled parking near to palace? Thanks
16 March 2017|
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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.
Are dogs allowed into the garden?
8 October 2016|
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Response from Hankahl | Reviewed this property |
Yes , on lead.
Is the palace open 27th 28th Dec 2016? Thank you
30 August 2016|
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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.