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

29 March 2020 - 31 October 2020: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week.

Opening
Opening

2020

28 October 2019 - 28 March 2020: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week.

29 March 2020 - 31 October 2020: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week.

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

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

Visit website

Today
Today’s opening hours

29 March 2020 - 31 October 2020: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week.

Opening
Opening

2020

28 October 2019 - 28 March 2020: 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week.

29 March 2020 - 31 October 2020: 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week.

Sometimes closed for parties, please check here.

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

4 - 19 Apr 2020

Easter Family Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

The Easter fun starts on Saturday 4th April when the Palace Easter Trail, will be in place. If you’re successful, claim your prize from the Visitor Reception on the way out. The trail will run until the end of the school holidays on Sunday 19th April.

On Tuesday 7th and 14th April (10:30am-3pm), our Crafty Cats sessions will take place in the Undercroft of the Palace. On both days the theme will be “baby animals” the activities will be different on each occasion.
On Thursday 9th and 16th April (10am-4pm), the Palace team will be holding “Nature Ninjas” activity sessions with a difference in the Community Garden, aimed at getting little ones engaged with nature. This year the Palace will have two lambs with their mother for children to meet and some wool-based activities. 

If you’re looking for a day out with a difference, then don’t miss The Bishop’s Palace’s Medieval Falconry Day on Easter Saturday (11th April) and don’t forget we have the fabulous Dragon’s Lair playground where little ones can let off steam on the natural play equipment. 

Family activities are included in standard admission and under 5’s are always FREE. Please note that activities will not be free for Historic Houses members. 

Please visit the website for more information about any of these events.