The Bishop Palace Wells

The Bishop Palace Wells


The Bishop’s Palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the stunning medieval architecture, moat and gardens within the rampart walls. Highlights of the historic grounds are the well springs that give the City its name, located next to the arboretum, and the famous Wells swans that ring a bell by the drawbridge over the moat to be fed. Visitors are welcome to come into the grounds , cafe and shop free of charge (see details about admissions regarding other charges).


Review by Charlotte:

Having been to Bishops Palace many times it’s definitely a firm favourite with my three boys.  What I think is great is the ability for them to explore and learn about some amazing history at the same time.

We have had days where we have just popped into the cafe and used the toilets (free of charge) and others where we have explored the grouns further going into the Great Hall and chapel.

There are many tourists that visit but equally lots of locals seem to go on a a regular basis.

What is great is how inclusive and disability aware the palace venue is.  They seem to want to do as much as possible to include and support those with disabilities which we think is great!

We have never gone to a specific event but I know lots of people who have and have had a brilliant time.  Check out some of the Summer events below or just pop to the cafe and grab a cuppa to break up an afternoon activity in the holidays.


Summer events:

Throughout the school holidays, there are plenty of events taking place to keep families busy at The Bishop’s Palace: crafting, outdoor gardening, family trails, storytelling and more. These are usually included in admission.

There are lots of activities taking place during the summer holidays this year.

Tuesdays from 30th July onwards: “Crafty Cats” family activity sessions between 10:30am-3pm in the Undercroft of the Palace. Weekly themes include“Take to the Air”, “Woodland Wonders”, “The Tudors” and finally an “Eco-Scrap Heap Challenge”.

Thursdays (1st, 8th and 15th August) from 11am-3pm: “Nature Ninjas” family garden fun sessions.

“Midsummer Mayhem” Family Fun Day – Sunday 4th August from 10am-4pm. Alice in Wonderland themed, with a Wonderland-themed bouncy castle, plenty of inflatable fun, crazy croquet (featuring flamingo-handled mallets), face painting and plenty of games and crafts.

In the evening of 4th August families will be entranced by Boxtree Productions’ theatre production of “The Legend of King Arthur”.

Finally, the Bowlore Medieval Weekend returns 24th-26th August – thrilling activities include longbow and crossbow shooting, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons and have-a-go archery.