The tradition of Swans on the Moat at The Bishop’s Palace goes back to 1870’s when one of Bishop Hervey’s daughters first taught the swans to ring a bell at the Gatehouse for food. You can see the bell just beneath the window on the left of the Gatehouse, with a rope hanging down for the swans to pull.

New generations of swans learn to ring the bell from their parents. The swans will usually be fed around 3pm each day (staff availability and weather depending)