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“Beautiful tranquil stunning views”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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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.
Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Beautiful tranquil stunning views”
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely visit with my teenage daughter and 6 yr old son. The gardens where stunning and views spectacular of wells cathedral. My son loved the actors and medieval camp with parade. He loved hunting for the dragon. Enjoyed by all and I thought great value

Visited July 2013
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Castine, Maine, United States
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“May 2012 visit to Wells”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Beautiful gardens, historic palace ruins. Possible to tour interior of the remaining structure. Simple cafe adjacent. Lovely views from the gardens to the Cathedral.

Visited August 2012
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Bude, United Kingdom
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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!

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A peaceful place”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful and inspiring”
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!!

Visited July 2013
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