Hidden within the ancient ramparts and protected by the moat, 14 acres of stunning, tranquil gardens await you.

Wander along and around the many herbaceous borders, savour the scent of roses in the parterre, admire the views from the top of the ramparts, meander through the Arboretum, admire the reflection of the Cathedral in one of the well pools, explore what is growing in the Community Garden and, finally, take a moment to recharge your batteries in the contemporary Garden of Reflection.

There is evidence that a garden existed here even before Bishop Jocelyn began work on building the Palace c.1206. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy and today it has Grade II listed garden status due to its special historic nature.

In 2016, the gardens were acknowledged by the Royal Horticultural Society, by being made a “Partner Garden”. This status is awarded to gardens of “outstanding and exceptionally high standards of planting and design” - a great achievement for the team working under head gardener James Cross.

Included in your admission ticket is a choice of daily guided tours of the Palace & Gardens.

The Wells Gardens

From the East garden, find the doorway through the walls to cross the moat via the bridge to discover the wells from which the City gets its name. Once descr...

Garden of Reflection

Walk behind high yew hedges beyond the well pools and past a colour garden representing the stained glass window in the Lady Chapel of Wells Cathedral and yo...


The Arboretum was designed by Sir Harold Hillier for Bishop Bickersteth and created in 1977 in commemoration of HM the Queen’s 25th Jubilee. It replaced part...

South Garden

Today it is hard to imagine that in the 17th century this area was once laid out in the style of a formal Dutch style garden with parterres, topiary and a di...

East Garden

This is the place to enjoy the scent of roses and appreciate the huge diversity of hardy perennials flowering from summer and well into the Autumn.

The Community Garden

The Community Garden is a thriving and vibrant area of the Palace Gardens. Formerly a derelict space, it is now home to vegetable, fruit and flower beds and...

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 Jo...

Bishop’s Palace celebrates RHS ‘Partner Garden’ status

The gardens at The Bishop’s Palace have received high praise from the Royal Horticultural Society, which has made the historic building’s grounds a “Partner ...

Please see here for details of future events in the Gardens.

24th - 25th February

Snowdrop Celebration

This February, for the first time, The Bishop’s Palace will be holding a “Snowdrop Celebration”.