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“Magical and Unique”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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$10.80*
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Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 29 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.
Reviewed January 22, 2012

After visiting the Cathedral and cloisters your visit isn't complete unless you've visited the Palace and Gardens and found the source of the 'wells'.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens in Wells, England are adjacent to the magnificent Wells Cathedral, which has attracted pilgrims and visitors since the early 1200'a. The Palace and Gardens have been the home of the Bishops of Wells and Bath since 1206 AD and today are beautifully kept and, with a visit to the Cathedral, one of the most inspirational sites in the UK. The Gardens include a perfectly-placed water feature which mirrors the great Cathedral on its surface. Visitors are surprised to find the large restaurant in the undercroft of the Palace, which I strongly recommend: it's a casual atmosphere, with a delicious British menu and very reasonable prices; their classic meat pies and chips are a great lunch, the service is prompt and friendly, and a harpist played throughout the meal which, along with the ancient stone arches overhead, made it unforgettable. I highly recommend both the Cathedral and the Palace as highlights of any trip in Britain.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Lots to see and do here. Large gardens, tea rooms, gift shop. Lovelly building, Quite often Croquet on the lawns or harpist in the lobby to seranade you. A must see.

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

They ring a bell (seriously) and then the gatekeeper will feed them - and they seem to be very eager to be fed so they ring with some insistence. Charming.

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Reviewed September 14, 2011

This was probably our favorite site of the entire trip. It's a beautiful location, a medieval palace (including ruins), enclosed by (decorative) crenelated walls and a moat, and surrounded by a beautiful garden. It suffered some damage during the Civil War, had some Victorian additions and changes, and the great hall succumbed to the ravages of time (assisted by the Victorians), but basically this is that rare gem, a medieval bishop's palace that has remained largely intact.
The admission is pricy, but it must cost a fortune to maintain the property, even with the guides and most of the gardeners being volunteers. And we had a wonderful experience.
Be sure to take the guided tour. The guides -- at least the ones we saw -- are retired locals who do a great job of bringing the palace alive and explaining its history. They took particular care to interest the children -- who loved it; this was one of my daughter's favorite sites -- and were extremely informative, both for children and adults.

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