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“A pleasant afternoon”

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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Entry Ticket to the Bishop's Palace and Gardens
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.
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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“A pleasant afternoon”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We would recommend the guided tour which is included in the price of the ticket. We were fortunate that our guide was a garden enthusiast & took the trouble to point out interesting trees & plants in the grounds. We really enjoyed looking round the palace & the gardens.

Visited October 2013
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Glad you had a really nice day and enjoyed our tour. We hope to develop some garden specific tours this year as we know people love our grounds.

We've made some changes inside the Palace building this year too, double-hanging the portraits in chronological order in the Long Gallery, moved furniture around and are planning our major exhibition of over 150 artefacts, 'Created in Somerset', that will open end of May.

Hope you visit again when you are in Somerset,
Sarah
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Whissendine, United Kingdom
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“Coffee with a garden view”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

We just wanted a good coffee, not particularly looking for an attraction but came across the palace gardens cafe after strolling round the square on market day. The coffee was really good, and the chocolate brownies were excellent. The gluten free brownie was very welcome, light and very chocolatey, the ordinary brownie was far from ordinary and provided a solid chocolate hit. The view from the cafe is also wonderful, across the lawn in the palace garden. Certainly to be recommended on market day.

Visited November 2013
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Hello,

Thank you for your review of The Bishop's Table cafe. We pride ourselves on offering the best cup of coffee with the best view in Wells! And as for the brownies...you describe them so well!

Now you have discovered us, we hope to see you again next time you are in Wells. Worth popping inside the actual grounds of The Bishop's Palace and gardens if you visit again too, the ticket is valid all day so you can pop in and out to the cafe/market.
Sarah
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Girona, Spain
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“Lovely grounds.”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Lovely grounds and holy wells. Get the ipod/video tour at the gift shop--well worth it for understanding what you are seeing. Nice restaurant/cafe but short on gluten-free (as in "none).

Visited November 2013
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thanks for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed our Video Guide, it is indeed packed with facts, interviews and stories.

Will feed back to the Head Chef about Gluten-free offer in cafe.
Hope you visit again one day.
Sarah
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Hertfordshire
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“Another previously unknown gem”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Wells is full of places like this - historic, beautiful, interesting - and seemingly unknown to most.
The Bishops Palace is really two attractions - the house, and the gardens. We were fortunate enough to have a guide in the gardens, and I would recommend you arrange one, as there are lots in the gardens which are more interesting with explanation. And if you are interested in trees, there are some rare and interesting specimens in the 14-acre grounds, both inside and beyond the moat. The ruined Great Hall was largely demolished to open up the gardens for landscaping, and the gardens around the Palace are just beautiful. A bridge across the moat gives access to lots more of the garden, including the wells which give the town its name.
The moated palace was started in 1206, but the Bishop (of Bath and Wells) now lives in Bath. The chapel is well worth a visit, as is the Treasury.The Palace itself is really quite domestic in scale, and full of interest.
All in all, yet another of this extraordinary city's amazing places to see.

Visited October 2013
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you for your great review. Pleased you enjoyed our gardens and tour.

A small correction, the Bishop of Bath & Wells has lived at The Bishop's Palace in Wells for over 800 years, not in Bath.

We hope you come back again this year as we have changed a few things around in the Palace building, for example, all our portraits of former Bishops of Bath & Wells now hang in chronological order in the Long Gallery and we are planning a major exhibition with over 150 objects and artefacts (opens end of May), called Created in Somerset.

Wells awaits your visit again one day!
Sarah
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Nottingham England
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“Top Attraction”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I wasn't sure if I'd appreciate the Bishops Palace and gardens but I must say the guided tour made it most enjoyable. Our tour lasted 2 hours and was extremely interesting and our Guide (his name escapes me) was very informative.

Visited October 2013
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SarahBPWells, Guest Relations Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you for taking time to review your visit. We're pleased to hear our guides offered you an informative tour.
We're going to be offering shorter tours this year should anyone worry two hours is too long!
Sarah
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