Bishop's Palace and Gardens

“Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells” - VisitEngland Assessor


Wells, Somerset

Assessed by
Visit England Logo
Book Direct

Our View

The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years, and this stunning medieval palace is surrounded by 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens, including the well pools from which the city takes its name, diverse planting styles and natural play area, “The Dragon’s Lair”. Lots of events and activities all year, and the price of admission means you can return on any normal sightseeing day for the next 12 months.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Quality Food & Drink
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Bishop's Palace and Gardens
Bishop's Palace and Gardens, WELLS, Somerset, BA5 2PD


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities:
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Winter opening 10am-4pm. Summer opening 9.30am-5.30pm.

About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

Why choose Rated Trips?

Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
icon example
The best coverage

Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.

icon example
Quality assured

Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.

icon example
Plan your next trip

Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.

icon example
Travel inspiration

Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.