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The Bishops Palace , Off Market Place, BA5 2PD
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. It is a great family day out in Somerset.
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.
Surrounded by a breath-taking moat (with resident swans!), visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. As described by an American visitor 130 years ago, this is a ‘palace of enchantment’.
There are 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name, along with diverse and varied planting styles, an Arboretum, formal gardens and stunning ramparts.
The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman, the first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells, received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew. Although home to the Bishop and other families, visitors can walk in the footsteps of past bishops through a number of rooms within the Palace.
Visitors can also enjoy the Bishop’s private Chapel, explore the ruined Great Hall and meet the famous mute swans who live alongside the moat and ring a bell when they want food.
For younger visitors, there is "The Dragon's Lair" play area, hidden away in the Arboretum; use the story map to discover the dragon's secret's and find your way there!
From family and community garden activity days, historic re-enactment, concerts, talks, workshops and demonstrations to family theatre - there's something for everybody whatever your age or interests.
Supportive accessibility facilities include:
Accessible toilet’, The Bishops Palace also have a fully access guide which can be found here: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/bishops-palace-and-gardens
There is also a Changing Places toilet, details here:
Blue Badge parking available, please contact to book
Dogs on Lead Only
Educational Visits Accepted
Guide dogs permitted
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Guided Tours Available for Individuals
In town/city centre
Marketed towards children
Marketed towards families
Marketed towards senior citizens
Min group size
No Smoking Attraction
Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
Special group rates
Toilets for disabled visitors
The Bishop's Palace
The Bishops Palace Off Market PlaceWellsBA5 2PDUnited Kingdom
T: 01749 988111 (200)
The Bishop's Palace
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