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Bishop's Palace & Gardens

Somerset

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. There are 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name, family events, guided tours, a gift shop and a café with the best views in Wells!

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Bishop's Palace & Gardens Tour
Discover Bishop's Palace: The Heart of Wells for 800 Years. Narrator: James Cross

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Opening times

SUMMER 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week (from 27 March - 29 October). WINTER 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week (from 29 October through to 26 March). Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. Whole site closed to public from 1pm - last entry 12.30pm 21st April, 26th May, 7th July, 3rd August and 17th August 2018

Areas

Gardens
Palace
(Overall opening times +) Palace closed all day - 25th January 2018. Palace closing at 3:30pm, last entry 3pm - 9th February 2018. Palace closed from 1pm (last entry 12.30pm) - 17th March, 28th July, 1st September, 8th September, 22nd September and 3rd November 2018.
The Bishop's Table café
Summer (April - October): 10am - 6pm, last orders 5:30pm. Winter (Jan - March & Nov - Dec): 10am - 4pm, last orders 3:30pm.
Undercroft
Chapel
10am-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.
Great Hall
Shop
Daily: 10am - 6pm (summer. Apr - Oct), 10am - 4pm (winter. Nov - March).

Additional notes

Partial/Full site closures 2018 On the rare occasion we need to fully or partly close The Bishop’s Palace to visitors for private hire, we will always list these dates on our events calendar and on this page. You are welcome to call us on 01749 988111 ext. 205 to double check we are open before you visit.

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