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“A fantastic building”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Wells
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 April 6, 2013

It is very large ruin but what a set up with a moat, swans that ring a bell for food - magical
Easy free access

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This has to be one of the most lovely and peaceful places to while away time and enjoy the buildings, the gardens and the water that is such a special feature. And a very nice restaurant as well.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Interesting garden walk which gives a great view of the Cathederal next door and the wells which gave the city its name.

Considering the size of the palace, i was surprised to the limited rooms open to the public.

£7 entry fee, notdonation. A little steep unless timed with a special event to get more for your money.

3  Thank Tom A
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thanks for your review.

Just to explain a little further, the areas of the palace building open to the public include a medieval Entrance Hall, vaulted Undercroft (complete with digital projection of an aerial timeline of the palace's history), Bishop's private Chapel, Drawing Room, Panelled Room, Long Gallery (home to a wonderful long line of portraits of past bishops) and an exhibition room.

The building itself is much larger, yes. However, this contains the home and offices of the Bishop of Bath and Wells which are not accessible by the visiting public.

This in itself makes us a remarkable heritage destination - the only living, working and residential Bishop's Palace in the United Kingdom open to the public.

The reasonable entrance charge ensures we can keep the site maintained, developed and open, and as a charity this income is absolutely vital to our survival. More information about us can be found on our website. Thank you.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Worth a visit and good value for money. We enjoyed bothe the palace and the gardens. There is an excellent electronic visual display in the palace which gives the history of the palace without you having to read lots of facts - most innovative!

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Gardens are well kept and plenty of interest even in early spring. Loved the dragon in the picnic area. Learnt so much about the history of Bishops and the area. Made us want to revisit every season just to see the gardens.

Thank Julie D
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