Wells Bishop's Palace
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Swans float peacefully in the moat of the Bishop's Palace, while parents push prams along the moat walk and chat, while the high wall separating the Bishop's Palace grounds from the busy market place cuts off noise of hustle and bustle in the outside world. It is a scene of peace and tranquil beauty.
I loved exploring the Bishop's Palace; only a handful of rooms are open to the public, but they take you effortlessly through the centuries. On the ground floor is a long entrance hall leading at one end to the chapel, and through another doorway the undercroft, a beautifully vaulted space supported on tall, slender pillars. When I visited there was a fascination multimedia display projected on the floor of the undercroft, showing how the Bishop's Palace and the Cathedral developed over time.
From the entrance hall the Jacobean Stair leads to the first floor. This stair is one of highlights of the Palace; wonderful carved and painted with heraldic devices, the newel posts are topped by painted green dragons carrying shields. The upper floor chambers are a mix of Victorian and Georgian furnishings, and filled with memorabilia, including ecclesiastical garments and the original Glastonbury Chair. In a small chamber filled with glass cases are treasures from the Bishop's collection, including medieval goblets, garments, and objects excavated from the area around the cathedral.
The Bishop's Palace is a gem; it is hard to imagine a more beautiful historic house, steeped in history, surrounded by slowly moving water and gorgeous gardens; a piece of history preserved.
About Wells Bishop's Palace
Address: Wells, Somerset, England, BA5 2PD
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: in Wells, off the Market Place, near the Cathedral
Website: Wells Bishop's Palace
Phone: 01749 988111
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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