Overview

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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

28 October - 31 March: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

Opening
Opening

2019

25 March - 28 October: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week
Please check below for partial /full site closure details

28 October - 31 March: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

Christmas Closing 2019
The palace is closed between Christmas and the new year.

25th January 2019: Palace building closed to public all day. Gardens and cafe open all day

Palace building closed from 1pm (last entry 12.30pm), with the gardens and cafe open all day on the following dates:
25th May, 6th July, 12th July, 3rd August, 17th August, 21st September 2019.

Find Us
Find us

In the centre of the City of Wells; the smallest city in England. The Bishop's Palace is adjacent to the magnificent Wells Cathedral and ancient Market Place. Wells is located 20 miles from Bristol and 20 miles from Bath.

Nearest train station is Castle Cary, 9 miles away.

Buses run regularly from Bath, Bristol and the coast. Bus numbers 26, 29, 37, 126, 161/2, 173, 375, 376, 377 all run close to the Palace.

We're on Sustrans cycle route 3.

Coaches drop off at Prince's Road Coach Park, a 10 minute walk away.

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Paid parking within town

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free.

Adult: £8.95
Child: £3.95 Child (5-18)
Under 5’s: FREE
Family ticket: £24

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
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.

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Today
Today’s opening hours

28 October - 31 March: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

Opening
Opening

2019

25 March - 28 October: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week
Please check below for partial /full site closure details

28 October - 31 March: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

Christmas Closing 2019
The palace is closed between Christmas and the new year.

25th January 2019: Palace building closed to public all day. Gardens and cafe open all day

Palace building closed from 1pm (last entry 12.30pm), with the gardens and cafe open all day on the following dates:
25th May, 6th July, 12th July, 3rd August, 17th August, 21st September 2019.

Find Us
Find us

In the centre of the City of Wells; the smallest city in England. The Bishop's Palace is adjacent to the magnificent Wells Cathedral and ancient Market Place. Wells is located 20 miles from Bristol and 20 miles from Bath.

Nearest train station is Castle Cary, 9 miles away.

Buses run regularly from Bath, Bristol and the coast. Bus numbers 26, 29, 37, 126, 161/2, 173, 375, 376, 377 all run close to the Palace.

We're on Sustrans cycle route 3.

Coaches drop off at Prince's Road Coach Park, a 10 minute walk away.

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Paid parking within town

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free.

Adult: £8.95
Child: £3.95 Child (5-18)
Under 5’s: FREE
Family ticket: £24

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
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.

Find out more.

Other opening


Fun Facts

The Bishops of Bath and Wells have lived and worked here for over 800 years. The Palace is the only working Bishops Palace in the UK that is open to the public.

The springs and well pools in the gardens are the origins of the City of Wells and are the very pools that give the city its name.


Upcoming events

8 - 9 Feb 2020

Snowdrop Weekends at The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace’s “Snowdrop Celebrations” are set to return in 2020. Each weekend, there will also be a range of children’s crafting activities in the Undercroft, based on a snowdrop theme, and a children’s trail to lead them around the site.

A variety of craft stalls and spring plants and snowdrops will be for sale in the Stable Yard and free area, with a varying offer each weekend.

This event is free for Historic Houses members. Please visit the website for more information.