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The Bishop's Palace & Gardens

Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD

Type:Historic House/Palace

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The Bishop's Palace Wells

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The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells has been home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat (with famous resident swans who ring a bell for food), cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells.

Step into the original palace built for Bishop Jocelin, walk around the vaulted undercroft and follow the staircase to what would have been the rooms for entertaining, dining and sleeping. Portraits give an intriguing insight into past bishops whilst artefacts and exhibitions bring the spiritual role of the site to life.

There are 14 acres of mature, landscaped gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. Wander along the herbaceous borders, admire the parterre, meander through the arboretum, discover the well pools from which the city gets its name, and enjoy a peaceful moment in the Garden of Reflection.

The Dragon’s Lair is the perfect play area for children to let their imagination run wild. The interactive discovery area is designed around stories of the Bishop’s Palace and takes inspiration from dragon’s wings and the well pools.

From family and community garden activity days, historic re-enactments, concerts, talks, workshops and demonstrations to family theatre, a gift shop, café and the best views in Wells – the Bishop’s Palace is a great family day out.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £7.25 to £7.99 per ticket
Childfrom £3.05 to £3.35 per ticket
Concessionfrom £6.25 to £6.90 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Facilities

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Only for Blue Badge holders

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Show Facilities

Opening Times

2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* March - October: 10am - 6pm
November - February: 10am - 4pm

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

CarThe main routes to Wells are the A371 and the A39. The Bishop’s Palace is a short walk from all central car parks, use Whiting Way car park (long stay) which is located just off the A39 or Market Place (short stay, 1 hour maximum) is just outside the palace (not available Wednesday or Saturday as these are market days).

Public Transport Directions

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens is situated in the heart of Wells, Somerset and can be easily reached from Bath, 21 miles, Bristol, 21 miles and Glastonbury, 8 miles. BusFirst Buses 29, 126, 161/162, 173, 375, 376, 377, X75 and Webber Buses 26, 67, 37 and 38 all stop or pass through Wells. Alight at Wells Bus Station or ask the bus driver if they stop at Wells Market Place which is very close to The Bishop's Palace.BikeThe Bishop’s Palace is situated on Sustrans cycle route 3. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk for further information and maps. Cycle racks are available across the drawbridge and also in Market Place (just outside the Palace grounds).TrainThe nearest railway stations are Castle Cary (9 miles from Wells) and also Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (both 21 miles), where you will find bus links to Wells.

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

CarThe main routes to Wells are the A371 and the A39. The Bishop’s Palace is a short walk from all central car parks, use Whiting Way car park (long stay) which is located just off the A39 or Market Place (short stay, 1 hour maximum) is just outside the palace (not available Wednesday or Saturday as these are market days).

Public Transport Directions

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens is situated in the heart of Wells, Somerset and can be easily reached from Bath, 21 miles, Bristol, 21 miles and Glastonbury, 8 miles. BusFirst Buses 29, 126, 161/162, 173, 375, 376, 377, X75 and Webber Buses 26, 67, 37 and 38 all stop or pass through Wells. Alight at Wells Bus Station or ask the bus driver if they stop at Wells Market Place which is very close to The Bishop's Palace.BikeThe Bishop’s Palace is situated on Sustrans cycle route 3. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk for further information and maps. Cycle racks are available across the drawbridge and also in Market Place (just outside the Palace grounds).TrainThe nearest railway stations are Castle Cary (9 miles from Wells) and also Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (both 21 miles), where you will find bus links to Wells.

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