A visit to the historic City of Wells is not complete without spending time at The Bishop’s Palace and magnificent Gardens.
Lying in the heart of the City next to the busy market place and famous Wells Cathedral, your group can explore over 800 years of history and 14 acres of gardens at Somerset’s only medieval Palace.
The Palace has been the home and office to The Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Exploring this historic site will reveal tales of bold Bishops, sensational secrets and how water has shaped the Palace through the centuries. You’ll even discover the well pools which give the City its name. A group of 10+ can enjoy benefits of booking as a group including:
- Discounted admission
- Expert led Tours
- Free admission for Group leader for groups of 20+
- Free admission for Coach or mini bus driver for all groups
- 10% discount on The Palace Guide book
To find out more, download a copy of our Group Brochure HERE
2019 Group Admission (pre-booked groups) (minimum group size is 10 people)
Adult Admission £6.95pp
Child Admission (5-18 years) £3.20pp
Coach Driver / tour operator Free
One Group Leader free with parties of 20 or more
Out-of-hours supplement (per group) £30.00
We ask that all groups book in advance to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience. Ideally bookings should be made at least one month in advance. You may wish to telephone to enquire about available dates and make a provisional booking. If you wish to book for next year, do give us a call or email.
To confirm a booking please complete and return the group booking form
Contact - Moira Anderson
Group Bookings, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD
Tel 01749 988111 ext 203 or email [email protected]
It’s your day
Take a walk around the gardens, spend a while in the Bishop’s Chapel which has been a place of worship since medieval times, learn how water has influenced the area or explore the Palace rooms. The gardens feature formal planting, the picturesque style favoured in the Victorian period and a wild arboretum. You’re likely to see the gardening team hard at work during your visit.
You may wish to simply relax and enjoy coffee, lunch or Afternoon Tea in The Bishop’s Table, our onsite Cafe, named to remember Bishop Ken and his hospitality.
Why not take home a memento of your day or a treat for a friend or loved one. Our shop is packed full of a wide range of gifts and goodies to delight all including some unique Bishop’s Palace gifts. Also look out for our wonderful range of Palace grown plants that are for sale in the shop, lovingly grown by our gardeners.
We recommend allowing at least two hours for your group to visit and longer if you would like to stop at The Bishop’s Table for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea.
Looking for something different? Our programme of events, from historic re-enactment and activity days to outdoor theatre and concerts, offer a wide range of events and activities to suit all tastes and interests. Many activities are included in admission but we offer a 10% discount to groups of 10 or more people booking for ticketed events.
Annual Events for your Group Diary:
Christmas at The Palace
Friday 7th - Saturday 22nd December 2018
This December, The Bishop’s Palace will be sharing the magic and joy of the season by hosting “Christmas at the Palace”. The site will be decking its halls with Christmas finery - each of the medieval rooms will have a theme and will bring the outside in with seasonal foliage and greenery from the Palace Gardens.
Opening weekend, 7th - 9th, the Palace hosts the South West Area of NAFAS competition with the theme “Deck the Halls”. Join us for these spectacular floral displays.
Country Garden Festival
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June 2019
Visitors can experience the award-winning gardens, which have featured on BBC Gardener’s World, filled with talks, stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities, and ideas on how to use and love their gardens.
The annual event will also take place on
19 - 21 June 2020
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2019
Our new festival for 2019 celebrating Harvest and the Autumn.
Christmas Artisan Market
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019
Start your Christmas shopping in style with a visit to our annual Artisan Market, featuring over 30 different stalls offering a range of fantastic artisan gifts. Many stalls will be running ‘have a go’ sessions where you can learn more about the craftmanship involved.
The annual event will also take place on
6 - 8 November 2020
Why not enhance your visit by requesting one of our Tour Guides? A group tour does need to be booked in advance, but it is included in your admission.
Please note that Tours are not available during our Festivals and Artisan Market days.
Most of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair and assistance dogs are welcome. Read more about accessibility at The Bishop’s Palace.
Arriving by Coach
Coach parking is located in the Coach Park on Princes Road (BA5 2DT). The Bishop’s Palace is an 8-10 minute walk up the High Street from the Coach Station.
There is also a Setting down point located on Sadler Street for those who have difficulty walking. This is a time-limited setting down point and can only be used for setting down and picking up. (BA5 2RX). The setting down point is a 2-3 minute walk from the Palace. Coaches then proceed down the High Street to the Coach Park/Bus Station on Princes Road (BA5 2DT) to park.
Groups should make their way to The Bishop’s Palace to meet on arrival.