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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bishop's Palace Wells

The fortress-like Bishop's Palace in Wells, just opposite Wells Cathedral, is the 800-year-old home of the Bishop of Wells.

Bishop's Palace Wells

The palace has 14 acres of gardens both within and outside the palace including the springs which gives the city its name.

Bishop's Palace Wells

Bishop Jocelin Trotman began building the palace and deer park in 1206. Visitors enter the palace through the Gatehouse via a portcullis and drawbridge. Within the palace the ruined Great Hall acts as a decorative feature to the lovely gardens. The Bishop's private chapel dates from the late 13th century and is a gem.

In the Outer Gardens the springs, which give the city its name, pour out 100 litres per second into a well pool, from where the water flows into the moat to and then into the River Sheppey.


Bishop's Palace Wells

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

The palace opens from 10.30am

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