The Bishop’s residence for 800 years is now surrounded by a moat and gardens. Only the ruins remain of the Great Hall, but they offer the backdrop for a contemplative walk around the walls of the Palace (with views of the deer park) and through the gardens. The gardens include an orchard with picnic tables and vegetable garden. Swans glide through the waterways that run throughout the grounds. The Palace buildings are less impressive, particularly after just visiting the Cathedral next door. As we left, the Wells Croquet Club was setting up to play on the lawn in front of the Palace − all properly English.
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