Bishop's Palace

sights / Architecture

Bishop's Palace information

adult/child £6.35/2.70
Opening hours
palace 10am-6pm Apr-Dec, gardens Feb-Dec
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Built for the bishop in the 13th century, this moat-ringed palace is purportedly the oldest inhabited building in England. Inside, the palace's state rooms and ruined great hall are worth a look, but it's the shady gardens that are the real draw. The natural springs after which Wells is named bubble up in the palace's grounds. The swans in the moat have been trained to ring a bell outside one of the windows when they want to be fed.