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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells

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Religious Site · Garden
A spectacular medieval palace, The Bishop's Palace and Gardens contains 800 years of history. Walk across the flagstone drawbridge and under the portcullis to cross the moat and enter this beautiful palace. As you explore 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of gardens, keep an eye out for swans living next to the moat that ring a bell when they are hungry. Bring a picnic to the lawns and enjoy the picturesque backdrop. Visit Well Pools in the outer gardens for a moment of serenity. To learn more about the palace, use the treasure hunt card, which discusses the palace's history as you search for items and features located in the house and on the grounds. Arrange your visit to The Bishop's Palace and Gardens and discover more family-friendly attractions in Wells using our Wells visit planner.
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  • Not much to see for that price - only 2 floors in the palace and a tiny garden. The postcode for parking the website gave took you to nowhere  more »
  • As you walk over the Moat and pass through the gate you realise you will be entering something special. The grounds and buildings are kept in perfect condition and are full of history. A real asset...  more »
  • Beautiful tranquil gardens and ruins. Picturesque location. Everything to allow for a relaxing couple of hours. Good playground for children. Very good cake in the cafe. Staff everywhere were helpful and extremely pleasant. If visiting the lovely city of Wells put this high on your list of places to see.
  • A lovely garden to visit in a significant historic setting. We liked the temporary sculpture installations in the garden as well as the artwork in the palace. Take time to watch the short video in the palace entrance that shows the development of the site. There is a nice cafe that uses local produce too.

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