Bishops Palace and Gardens

Bishops Palace and Gardens

The Bishops Palace and Gardens has been in the heart of Wells in Somerset for 800 years. It is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and the Bishops and Diocese of Bath and Wells have lived here throughout its history. It is in a unique setting with a moat and a natural spring and features a ruined great hall and medieval buildings.

What is there to do at Bishops Palace and Gardens?

You are welcome to explore a number of rooms within the Palace and the Bishop’s private chapel. The ruined great hall is also open to visitors. Look out for the swans on the moat which have been calling the moat home since the 1800s. If you’re lucky enough you may witness them ringing their bell for food. There are 14 acres of outstanding RHS Partner gardens to explore including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name.

For families, there is The Dragon’s Lair. This is a relatively new interactive discovery area designed around the themes and stories of the Palace. It is an outdoor natural activity space with a pole jungle, tree pods, a waterwheel and sluice gates. There is usually a children’s trail to take you through the gardens so make sure you enquire when you arrive. Inside the Palace, there is dress-up, a giant stained-glass jigsaw and a dragon-spotting quest. There are a number of annual family-friendly events, including themed trails around the gardens.

Further Information

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold drinks food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Historic Palace with rooms you can explore, a ruined great hall, a moat with swans, an excellent play area and children’s trails. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

Once you purchase a ticket you can upgrade to an annual pass for no extra. An adult standard ticket costs £15, children 5-18 £7.50 and children aged under 5 are free.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is no parking, you will need to pay in a car park nearby where charges will apply.

When are they open?

The Bishop’s Palace is open almost all year round. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a short lead in the gardens only.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

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