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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Address/Location

Market Place
Wells
Somerset
BA5 2PD

Contact

Tel: 01749 988111

Discover the origins of the City of Wells within the ancient walls of The Bishop’s Palace; the ancient springs that give the City its name are found in the gardens here and have been hugely significant from the Iron Age to the present day; for centuries people have flocked to England’s smallest city, Wells, to benefit from the waters.


The palace was built in medieval times and has been office and home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. It was constructed after Bishop Jocelin Trotman received permission to build a residence and deer park south of the Cathedral of St Andrew in the early 13th Century. Inside is a stunning medieval vaulted Undercroft, the elegant Long Gallery with portraits of Bishops and exhibition spaces with frequently updated exhibitions.


Visitors can enjoy 14 acres of stunning gardens including formal planting, picturesque style gardens, a moat and waterfall, well pools and springs, an arboretum, a Victorian romantic garden with ruins, and a new community garden and contemporary garden of reflection.

RHS Members will be entitled to visit the Gardens for free during the Winter months and for a week in June this year.


The Palace is world famous for its resident mute swans that ring a bell alongside the Gatehouse when they want to be fed.
Throughout the summer months, the Palace has a range of activities and events including outdoor theatre, children’s activities, musical performances and medieval-themed entertainment!


The Bishop’s Table café offers a full range of drinks, snacks and sweet treats, with the best view in Wells!

Make a Day of it in Wells!

Medieval Wells, with its attractive shopping centre packed full of independent retailers and high street names,  and the surrounding area can provide visitors with a full and varied itinerary:

Our neighbour, Wells Cathedral “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and adjacent medieval Vicars’ Close – the oldest continually inhabited residential street in Europe.

Book a Walking Tour of Wells.: http://www.wellswalkingtours.co.uk/

If you are visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday the Somerset Farmers Market is a real treat; packed with local food producers and right in the heart of the city.

And Weston-super-Mare, Glastonbury Abbey, Wookey Hole and other local Somerset attractions are just a short distance away.

 

Opening Times

Bishop's Palace (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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