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.