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The Bishop’s Palace

Home of the Bishops of of Bath and Wells, and their swans, for 800 years.

Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD

The Bishop's Palace

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • No parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.

Surrounded by a breath-taking moat (with resident swans) visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells.

There are 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name and there is also a brand new natural play area “The Dragon’s Lair” hidden in the Arboretum.

Discover the medieval splendours of the Palace buildings, from the vaulted Undercroft to the elegant Long Gallery, and experience year round family events, guided tours, a gift shop and a café with the best views in Wells!

From family and community garden activity days, historic re-enactment, concerts, talks, workshops and demonstrations to family theatre – we’ve got something for everybody whatever your age or interests.

Opening Times

2022

November – 26 March: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week.

27 March – 31 October: 9:30am – 5:30pm, 7 days per week.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit free.

Adult: £16

Child: £8 (5-17 years old)

students or Blue Lights Card Holders: £12.50 (valid student card and Blue Lights Card must be shown on arrival)

Under 5s: Free

See the palace website for further info and updates.

Group Visits

Group discounts apply.

We ask that all groups book in advance to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience. Ideally bookings should be made at least one month in advance. You may wish to telephone to enquire about available dates and make a provisional booking.

Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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