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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Wells Bishop’s Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket
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 July 14, 2013

Take a picninc, relax, enjoy. What a beautiful spot! Occasionally there are special events, so check out details beforehand. There is a fee for the Bishops palace unlike the Catherdral, so be aware of this. The grounds outside the moat and around the cafe are free however. Enjoy!

Thank Neil E
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I visited on a hot day and thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. The Palace was quite interesting and the small chapel rather lovely, though I think the best part is the gardens, so it is well worth a visit on a good day.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

From start to finish this was an absolute joy to visit. So much loving care seems to have gone into making everything attractive to the visitor, and things that may have been considered stuffy, were in fact quite delightful. I was moved right from the beginning, when visiting the gorgeous Bishop's Chapel. There was an exhibition upstairs of items parishioners had found which meant a lot to them, with a clear description beside each. Again this could have been stuffy, but was, in fact, interesting and even fun at points (see the Vinegar Bible!). The Undercroft had a really marvellous vertical film projection of the Cathedral and Palace throughout the eras which was mesmerising! The gardens are glorious, and very photogenic. I will be interested to see how the new modern garden takes shape. All in all I left feeling spiritually refreshed - but PLEASE remove that awful plastic swan from the moat! Art it is NOT!!

Thank Libby A
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Palace was closed for a private function I'm told but I am also advised that it is well worth a visit. The gardens are also lovely, as are the chocolate fudge brownie [gluten free] and tea at the café!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Do not overlook this setting when visiting Wells. So close to the centre of town yet it feels as if a million miles away once inside the luscious grounds. You could spend many hours drinking in the atmosphere from various different areas. But if time is a problem, an hour would allow you to see all the areas briefly. The Palace gardens are well documented in photos on the web, I have added photographs of a bronze sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos (cross the bridge behind the Beckynton Range and turn left) and one of St. Andrew's Well.

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