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Wells Bishop's Palace

Visited April 2010

Location Wells, Somerset
Entrance Fee Yes - Check Website
Railway Station        No
Parking Yes - subject to fee
Facilities Toilets, Shop, Cafe






Not exactly a castle as such, but a fortified palace, with a moat and towers, so close enough to be included on this website. Wells is a beautiful town, and it is the ecclesiastical buildings which the tourists come to see . Next to the Bishop’s Palace is the Cathedral, it is well worth combining a visit there with the Palace to get a sense of the importance of both buildings. Dating from the thirteenth century, the Bishop’s Palace itself is an impressive site, it has a moat all the way round and the entrance is across a drawbridge through a gate house.





The gardens are tranquil and inspiring, and the source of the original wells which gave the city its name are there . The children spent quite a lot of time peering into the lake and watching the water cascade down the waterfall. This has been the home of the Bishop of Bath & Wells since 1206, the site of the Great Hall (a scheduled ancient monument) is now a ruin, and makes an impressive back-drop to the gardens. The ramparts can be walked along, you can see as far as Glastonbury Tor on a good day. There is a restaurant in the undercroft, and the more informal terrace is the place for a snack. The toilets are very clean and modern. Various events for children are scheduled during the school holidays, the staff at the Palace are very child-friendly. Under 5’s get free admission!!




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