The Gardens of Bishop’s Palace


Prologue

 

 

Bishop’s Palace was built in 1206 by Bishop Jocelin Trotman, first Bishop of Bath and Wells. Bishops still live in the Palace’s old servant quarters and have opened most of the palace and grounds are open to visitors. For 800 years the Bishops have used these gardens to relax and contemplate, often to indulging their own gardening passions. These transformations and additions that can be enjoyed today, including a romantic gothic garden, a series of tranquil millponds and an extensive arboretum.

Bishop’s Palace is also home to a variety of rare, exotic or simply beautiful specimen trees throughout both the inner and outer gardens and famous for its trained swans that ring a bell when they want feeding. It is situated in the heart of England’s smallest city, Wells, and makes an ideal base from which to explore the charming streets and magnificent Cathedral.