Attractions at the Bishop’s Palace


Set in the heart of the smallest City in England, The Bishop’s Palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the stunning medieval architecture, moat and RHS partner gardens within the rampart walls.

Highlights of the historic grounds are the well springs that give the City its name located next to the Arboretum and the famous Wells swans that ring a bell by the drawbridge over the moat to be fed - our latest swan pair has sadly left the moat, but we hope to see swans at the Palace again in the future. See our swan page for further information.

The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman, the first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells, received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew.

Just 20 miles from Bristol and Bath, this stunning site is the perfect place to get away from it all.

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