Group Visits

Group Visits


A visit in the historic City of Wells is not complete without spending time in 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. 

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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

2017 Group Admission (pre-booked groups) (minimum group size is 10 people)

Adult Admission £5.95pp                                         Child Admission (5-18 years) £2.80pp

Coach Driver / tour operator Free
One Group Leader free with parties of 20 or more
Out-of-hours supplement (per group) £30.00

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.   For groups of 40+ catering may be possible to arrange in the vaulted, medieval Undercroft. 

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:

The Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival 
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2017 
Join us to experience 14 acres of Palace gardens filled with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities and new ideas for how to use and love your garden.

The Christmas Artisan Market 2017
10th -12th November
Start your Christmas shopping in style this year with a visit to our Artisan Craft 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 craftsmanship involved

Tour Options

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 Garden Festival and Artisan Market days.

Access

Most of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair and assistance dogs are welcome. Read more about accessibility at The Bishop’s Palace.

Booking information

We ask that all groups book in advance to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience. Bookings must be made at least one month in advance. You may wish to telephone to enquire about available dates and make a provisional booking.

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 200 or email info@bishopspalace.org.uk