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The West Country Sights

Bishop's Palace

  • Market Pl. Map It
  • Wells
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

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The Bishop's Eye gate leading from Market Place takes you to the magnificent, moat-ringed Bishop's Palace, which retains parts of the original 13th-century residence. The peaceful grounds command the most attention, including the gatehouse, the ramparts, and the impressive remains of a late-13th-century great hall which fell into ruin after the lead in its roof was sold in the 16th century. Most rooms of the palace are closed to the public, but you can see the undercroft, the private chapel, and the sumptuously decorated Long Gallery.

Sight Information


Market Pl., Wells, BA5 2PD, England

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Sight Details:

  • £7.20
  • Mid-Feb.–Mar. and late Oct.–late Dec., daily 10–4; Apr.–late Oct., daily 10–6; last admission 30 min before closing


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