The Bishop's Palace & Gardens

Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells, BA5 2PD

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens


The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace, along with its 14 acres of RHS partner gardens, is open for all to enjoy. Formal Dutch gardens and fine specimen trees with diverse and luxuriant borders, complete with restored 19th century picturesque style planting surrounding the Palace and the ruins of the Great Hall. Surrounded by a breath-taking moat, visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells, situated next door to Wells Cathedral. 

Bishop's Table Cafe. Children's play area. Dogs welcome in the garden on leads.

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Open all year, daily:

Summer (from 28th March 2021 to 30th October 2021),daily, 10.00am – 6.00pm.

Winter (from 6 January - 27 March and 31st October through to 23 December 2021 
and 5 January 2022 - 26 March 2022) daily, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

Please check website for partial /full site closure details




  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings Group Bookings
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area

Contact Details

Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA5 2PD

Open all year. Please see website for details.

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