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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells

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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. Put The Bishop's Palace and Gardens on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wells tourist route planner.
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  • This was , for me, an unexpected 'find' in the centre of Wells, but well-worth making a detour to visit. The gardens are RHS affiliated and the work of the gardeners (many are volunteers) is of the hi...  more »
  • On a showery day had a great couple of hours here. If you go, try and take in the free guided tour, David, the guide brings the history to life and makes it a more interesting experience. On a warmer ...  more »
  • Unfortunately there was a conference on inside the palace (but we were able to pay a reduced price) and there was a service in the chapel (so I did not feel able to walk about and to have a really goo...  more »