Hidden within the ancient ramparts and protected by the moat, 14 acres of stunning, tranquil gardens await you in the heart of the City of Wells, Somerset.

Wander along and around the many herbaceous borders, savour the scent of roses in the parterre, admire the beautiful views of the gardens, moat and further afield from the top of the ramparts, meander through the Arboretum, admire the reflection of Wells 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 these gardens existed here even before Bishop Jocelyn began work on building the Palace c.1220. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy and today these gardens in Somerset have Grade II listed garden status due to their special historic nature.

In 2016, these fine gardens in Somerset 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. 

Entry is free most Fridays to RHS members with starred cards (*). This offer is not valid on certain event days - see HERE for details.

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

We are most grateful to Sitting Spiritually who have provided the wonderful swing seat located outside the Apple Store.

Please see below for details of current and future events in the Gardens: