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Wells Bishop's Palace, Moat & Gardens

The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2PD, Tel: 01749 988111

This splendid medieval palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. The first bishop of Bath & Wells received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park to the south of the cathedral. Within the fortified Palace walls lie the ruin of the Great Hall, the Bishop's private chapel and 14 acres of gardens, including an arboretum, Community Garden and Garden of Reflection. This uniquely moated palace has an imposing gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge which give the impression that you may be entering a castle structure, but inside is a peaceful and tranquil residence for the visitor to enjoy.

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  • Remains of the Great Hall
  • The remains of the Great Hall with the chapel in the centre
  • Looking through the windows of what was once the Great Hall in the Palace.
  • Looking through the Great Hall window with the cathedral in the background.
  • The Entrance Hall. Image kindly supplied by the Bishop's Palace.
  • The Long Gallery. Image kindly supplied by the Bishop's Palace.
  • The Under Croft. Image kindly supplied by the Bishop's Palace.
  • Bishop's Chapel with a fisheye lens
  • Tracery found in the Bishop's Chapel
  • Tracery found in the Bishop's Chapel
  • Tracery found in the Bishop's Chapel
  • Four Faces roof boss found in the Bishop's Chapel
  • Green Man roof boss found in the Bishop's Chapel
  • Four Biting Dragons roof boss found in the Bishop's Chapel. We (Black Dog of Wells) were commissioned by the Bishop's Palace to create a terracotta wall plaque based on this roof boss. It can be purchased from the Palace shop or from the Animal Kingdom page of our website.
  • Garden of Reflection
  • Garden of Reflection
  • Garden of Reflection
  • Community Garden
  • St Andrew's well within the Bishop's Palace
  • View of the cathedral from the Palace gardens with the waterfall.
  • Bishop's Palace moat and waterfall with lush vegetation.
  • View of the Palace wall which looks south over open fields.
  • Wells Bishop's Palace, Moat & Gardens
  • A lovely view showing the castellated walls of the Palace.
  • The Bishop's Palace Drawbridge.
  • Swan on the moat with cygnets
  • The swans of Wells ringing the bell for their food. The signets learn from their parents keeping this long tradition going.
  • A lone duck on the moat.
  • Benches alongside the moat path.
  • The Palace with the snows of 2010
  • A beautiful sunny day during the winter season of 2010 with a light scattering of snow.
  • A sunny winters walk alongside the Bishop's Palace moat.

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