Family Fun

We’ve got so much for families to do at The Bishop’s Palace – whatever the weather, you can always have a great day out with the kids in Wells, Somerset.

The Dragon’s Lair

Legend has it that in the 13th century, Somerset was terrorised by a frightful dragon who liked to eat milkmaids and other unsuspecting villagers.  Bishop Jocelyn – who built The Bishop’s Palace – bravely ventured out to kill the dragon. After a mighty battle, as the dragon breathed its dying breath, it cast an eternal curse on the villagers – that if they ever forgot about it, the creature would return every 50 years….

This year, let your imagination run wild at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells. Cross the Drawbridge to receive the ancient story map and use your wits to lead you through the Palace Gardens to experience The Dragon’s Lair!

This new, interactive discovery area is designed around the themes and stories of the Palace. Taking inspiration from Dragon’s Wings, Well Pools & Water, Trees and History, this outdoor natural activity space will exercise both minds and bodies with a pole jungle, tree pods, a waterwheel and sluice gates.

The only question is – Dare you enter The Dragon’s Lair?

Little ones love to explore our 14 acres of gardens, trying to spot the swans and their cygnets – if you’re lucky, you might even see them ringing the bell for their food! We’ve got waterfalls and springs to see and a lovely pond for a spot of pond dipping in the Community Garden.  There are trees to climb and places to hide for a fantastic game of hide and seek in our Arboretum and we’ve got a selection of children’s trails to take you through our gardens!

Boots and brolly day – has it started raining again? Doesn’t matter, you’ll still find things to do with the kids right here!  Put up your brolly & Visit the Well pools – see them bubble with all the water passing underneath them. Walk through the medieval Palace, see portraits of past bishops, find the green dragons. Visit the Bishop’s private chapel, look up, down, around, behind everything – there’s lots of amazing details to spot.

 The Bishop’s Table café also has a great range of children’s meals and snacks, along with plenty to keep the grown ups happy too.

What’s On in the School Holidays!

There’s always lots on at The Bishop’s Palace during the school holidays.

For up-to-date event information, check out our What’s On page for Families HERE.