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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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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is a little oasis in the heart of Wells, utterly charming and a lovely way to pass a couple of hours. With lots of different areas to explore it is more than your standard historical venue. Particular highlights included the rather special Dragons...More

Thank hazelg33
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Thank you very much for this great review. We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and it's brilliant to know that you eventually had to drag the kids away from The Dragon's Lair. The Gardens do change hugely throughout the year, so...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had a lovely visit to the Bisops Palace, it was a sunny day so perfect for exploring the gardens, the chapel and palace were lovely. A wedding was planned for the afternoon which rendered the Palace closed to the public so please check before...More

Thank DenLK64
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Very enthusiastic staff to greet you and answer all your questions. Worth the small entrance fee to walk round and see the 2 floors in the palace and their contents.

Thank Sillybillybad
Reviewed 10 February 2017

From the market square in Wells walk under the archway and head towards another Gatehouse/arch which crosses the Bishops Palaces moat. Once under this you will find a shop and cafe where you can by tickets for the Bishops Palace rooms. I decided to walk...More

1  Thank nickk355
Reviewed 26 January 2017

You can wander around a little of the moat and over into the centre courtyard but if you want to explore the main areas there’s an entrance fee of £7.99 per adult with Gift Aid. Worth it though as to wander around will probably occupy...More

1  Thank Henry T
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were here for a wedding in January 2017. Great location with good service. The gardens and wells are very nice to visit and the buildings have a great authentic feel.

Thank DutchIan
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Thank you for your kind review - we're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the wedding at The Bishop's Palace and hope to welcome you again some time.

Reviewed 22 January 2017

This play is never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times you come it looks different even in so called 'off season' as January is. My other half treated me to a joint membership for two people which cost £48 for the year....More

Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Thanks for your lovely review Brian. We let the Moat and Well Pool levels deplete a couple of times a year, as advised by the Environment Agency, to help keep the silt levels down! It does look a little odd and some people enjoy being...More

Reviewed 22 January 2017

We paid a small fee to get in the Bishops Palace and gardens, but this was well worthwhile, as you could visit and enter the Palace and included two floors. The Bishop still lives in the building, which is historic and well kept and interesting....More

Thank Rosy J
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We recently visited the Bishops Palace in Wells, it is a lovely building set in beautiful gardens, well worth a visit would like to visit again in the summer or spring to see the gardens as January is not a good month to see the...More

Thank Gwenllian_J
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Absolutely beautiful grounds. I went with my girlfriend with approximately an hour left of sunlight - it was magnificent. I would recommend going around that time!

Thank Alex K
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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.