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“It's what Wells is all about”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 27 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.
Wells, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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“It's what Wells is all about”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

There's been a lot of work done at the Bishop's Palace since I was last there. There's a brand new visitor centre, more gardens, an arboretum and more. That's much more to interest.you.

The main attraction has to be the wells (hence the name of the City). They well up (sorry!) from the deep and you gaze into limpid depths. On a calm day, a wonderful view of the Cathedral is mirrored in the water of the pools.

If you like trees, there are some magnificent specimens, particularly the tulip trees and American walnuts.

And then there's the Palace. Though you can only visit a part of it, the best is the view of it from the outside. It is wonderful architecture. Almost worth becoming a bishop!

The cafe is fine for coffee or a drink but visit one of the restaurants in town if you want lunch. All give better value and quality.

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing, gorgeous setting”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

My friend had her wedding reception here. It was an amazing venue, gorgeous both inside and outside. I probably wouldn't have gone in had it not been for the reception.. I now realise I would have missed out.

Visited July 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Unique”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Croquet on the lawn, white clothes and British to the core - must do..

Visited June 2012
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Barnstaple
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Architecturally, the Bishop's Palace is superb - a moat, drawbridge, fantastic frontage to the building, and beautifully maintained gardens. Internally, it has little to offer - which lets it down a little. Otherwise 'worth its money'.

Visited July 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Walk around the free parts!”
Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

We just walked around the more and to the ruined wall and didn't bother paying to go in to the rest and it was my favourtie thing about Wells.

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