The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset

When: 17 March 2024: 10am - 4pm


Well behaved dogs on short leads are allowed in the Gardens

Buy your tickets on arrival at the gate - no need to prebook!

At the heart of the historic city of Wells lies The Bishop’s Palace: a place full of secrets, stories and stunning scenery and home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years Surrounded by a breathtaking moat you can cross a flagstone drawbridge, under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells.

The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman, the first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells, received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew.

There are 14 acres of gardens to explore, including the beautiful well-pools from which the city takes its name. There is evidence that a garden existed here even before Bishop Jocelin began work on the Palace c.1206. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy.


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 £8.00 per adult and includes the Fair and Gardens.

Children under 16 free.

Members of the Palace and Wells Heritage Pass Holders free.

PLEASE NOTE that, due to filming for a BBC period drama, the Palace and Chapel are NOT open on the day of the Fair this year.

Please note that no other concessions or tickets (including The People's Tickets) are valid on the day of the Fair.

Buy your tickets on arrival at the gate - no need to prebook!


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


Lunches and refreshments will be available from 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