The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset

When: 13 September 2020: 10.00 am - 4.30pm



Entry is by ADVANCED BOOKING only. The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day. Members of the Bishop's Palace are admitted free of charge but must still prebook a ticket for admission on the day.


Prebooking is only required for adult visitors; accompanying children under 16 are admitted free of charge and you do not need to prebook for them.

Takeaway drinks and snacks available at The Bishop's Table restaurant.

Please also check our Coronavirus Information page for further general information for our September fairs.

Well behaved dogs on short leads are allowed in the Gardens

Building on the success of our popular Spring Fair at The Bishop's Palace, we return in September for our Autumn Fair.

Since development of the gardens started in 2005 the borders have been planted with season long interest in mind. Many of the roses are repeat flowering and the cross section of planting means most of the borders are full of interest from May until the first frosts.

In September the large Bishops Dahlia collection will be at its best and a riot of colour. The Hot Border will also be at its peak and full of yellows, reds and blues. The South Lawn planting is inspired by a sketch from 1830 and features bold and luxuriant planting around the tower.

The huge, newly planted Wells border has retained its late Victorian feel but has been updated for a more contemporary style with roses, Philadelphus and many choice late-flowering perennials. The Garden of Reflection will also be at its best with bright annuals filling the stained glass window themed garden.

In total, there are 14 acres of gardens to explore. You are also welcome to look around the Bishop's private Chapel, explore the ruined Great Hall and meet the famous mute swans who live alongside the moat and ring a bell when they want food.


What's New at The Bishop's Palace 

The Gardens at The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace Gardens in August

Winter Border at The Bishop's Palace


Admission is £7.00 per adult and includes the Fair, Palace and Gardens.

This is a substantial reduction on the normal admission fee!



The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day, in order to spread the number of visitors across the day, but once you have arrived at the Fair you are welcome to stay as long as you like up to the closing time of the event. If you are delayed and arrive late for your time slot, don't worry - we'll still let you in!

Children under 16 Free. You are not required to prebook tickets for accompanying children under 16.

Members of the Palace and Wells Heritage Pass Holders free, but you must still book your ticket in advance on the website for admission on the day.

Please note that no other concessions are valid on the day of the Fair.


There is no car parking at the Bishop's Palace itself. Visitors should use the public car parks in the City Centre. There will be a pick up point at the Palace Gate for visitors to drive and collect their purchases at the end of their visit. Disabled or elderly visitors may be dropped off and picked up at the Palace Gate.


Comprehensive information on site accessibility is available at the Bishop's Palace website at


Takeaway drinks and snacks available at The Bishop's Table restaurant.


Picnics are welcome throughout the grounds and gardens.

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The Bishops Palace
Somerset BA5 2PD
01749 988111