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The Bishop's Palace

The Palace Trust, WELLS, BA5 2PD

The Bishop's Palace is at the heart of the historic city of Wells, and was home to the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. The drawbridge leads you across the moat, under a portcullis and through the grand gatehouse to the Palace itself and the ruined 13th-century banqueting hall. There are also 14 acres of gardens, well pools (which give the city its name), a family-friendly cafe, video guides, daily guided tours and events throughout the year.

Further information

Tel: 01749 988111
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With voluntary Gift Aid donation: £7.70 (ch 5-18 £3.30, under 5 free). Family (2ad+2ch) £18.70 (prices may change when the Palace is closed). Visitors can choose to pay standard admission prices

Opening times

Open mid Feb-Mar & Nov-Dec 10-4
Apr-Oct 10-6
Average visit 2hrs




Dogs not allowed in palace buildings

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. 85% accessible details on website
Stair lift to first floor of palace, improved pathways for wheelchair users

The Bishop's Palace
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Follow city centre signs, turn left into Market Place and enter archway between National Trust shop and post office

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