One of the grandest family attractions in Wells, The Bishop’s Palace has been the home of the bishops of the city for more than 800 years. This dazzling palace dates back to medieval times and is open to the public, having housed the bishops of Bath and Wells for centuries. You’ll find the palaces right in the centre of the city, and with its well-kept gardens and reflective atmosphere it’ll feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle miles behind.
The peaceful palace includes guided tours to get visitors up to speed on its history, and the moat, deer park and 14 acre gardens make this the perfect day out. The tours of the palace start at 11.30 am every morning. The palace includes the private chapel of the bishop in residence, the ruins of the imposing Great Hall and even the drawbridge.
Work started on the palace all the way back in 1206, but even before that period there was a garden on this site. The one you can wander today has been changed and updated by every bishop who inhabited the palace, so it’s fascinating to explore. Don’t miss the calm pool that’s found in the outer gardens, as this is the very water that led to the city’s name.