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Bishop's Palace & Gardens
With its impressive medieval architecture, lush countryside setting and stunning RHS partner gardens, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, located in the heart of the City of Wells certainly makes for a picturesque day out.
Beyond the ancient ramparts and moat (where you should look out for the resident family of bell-ringing swans), there are 14 acres of Grade II listed gardens, including the shady well pools that give the city its name. Breathe in the fabulous rose-covered parterre, float past vast herbaceous borders or take a walk on the wild side in the Arboretum, where swathes of bluebells, primroses and snowdrops blossom. In Spring, the Quiet Garden’s ashy silver birches are ablaze with a carpet of red tulips. Here visitors can share a moment of reflection and contemplation – when they’re not snapping the eye-catching display. As well as more than 800 years of horticultural history, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens also hosts alfresco theatre and art exhibitions. After a plant-packed day out, pull up a well-deserved seat at The Bishop’s Table, where you can tuck into produce grown in the community garden.
SUMMER 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week (from 31 March 2019 - 26 October 2019).
WINTER 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week (from 27 October 2019 through to 28 March 2020).
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.
Areas of Bishop's Palace & Gardens
The Bishop's Table caféServing delicious, locally-sourced homemade food and some of the best coffee and cake you will find in Wells, it is the perfect place to meet friends for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. Summer (April - October): 9.30am - 5.30pm, last orders 5:30pm. Winter (Nov '19 - March '20): 9.30am - 3.30pm, last orders 3:30pm. Food is served between 12pm and 2.30pm daily throughout the year. Breakfast is served between 9.30am and 11.30am daily.
Chapel10am-4pm (winter) 10am-6pm (summer) Last admission to The Bishop’s Palace, and therefore including the Bishop’s Chapel, is half an hour before closing. Services weekly Tuesday at Noon. A short time of prayer and praise at 12 noon. All are welcome. There are occasionally other services open to the public. Please check the web site for details.
ShopDaily: 10am - 6pm (summer. Apr - Oct), 10am - 4pm (winter. Nov - March).