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The Bishops Palace and Gardens


Places to Visit

Set in the heart of the smallest city in England, The Bishop's Palace has been home to the Bishop's of Bath and Wells for over 800 years.  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.

What's On for Families:

There are 14 acres of outstanding, landscaped RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. 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 and a café with the best views in Wells!

For younger visitors there is a large play area “The Dragon’s Lair” hidden in the Arboretum. From family and community activity days, historical re-enactment, exhibitions, large-scale festivals, theatre, concerts, talks, family trails and workshops – we’ve got something for everybody whatever your age or interests.

Find out more about What's On at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens HERE.


The Palace has introduced a new type of ticket, designed to encourage local people to visit the site regularly throughout the year. The new Adult ticket, which is to be known as “The People’s Ticket” is an annual return ticket costing £15 and allows the user to return as many times as they wish for a period of 12 months. The Child ticket (5-17 yrs) costs £7.50.

The new People’s ticket can be purchased online or on site. It's free to visit the Bishop's Table café and the Croquet Lawn area. 

Opening Times:

WINTER 10am-4pm, 7 days per week (from 6th January to 27th March 2021)

SUMMER 10am-6pm, 7 days per week (from 28th March to 25th October 2021)

Please note that last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

The Bishop's Table Cafe:

Now open serving take away lunch and breakfast, as well as the range of take away hot drinks, cakes and cold drinks already available.  Lunch options will include quiche, jacket potatoes, toasties and sausage rolls, and we'll also have cream teas daily. The menu will be updated regularly. Take advantage of the chairs and tables around the grounds to enjoy your take away in peace.

Opening Hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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