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A medieval palace that has been the residence of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. The first bishop obtained a crown licence for constructing this grand home and deer park. Within the fortified Bishops Palace walls are the ruin of the Great Hall, the Bishop’s private chapel. There are also 14 acres of beautiful gardens, an arboretum, a community garden and a reflective garden. This uniquely moated palace boasts an imposing portcullis gatehouse with drawbridge. This gives the visitor an impression of entering a castle, but all is peaceful and tranquil when you tour the site.
Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral is described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”. Wells is the earliest of all English Cathedral to be built in a Gothic style. The stain glass is as extensive a collection to be found in England and the Chapter House is a fascinating part of the building. Don’t miss the clock as you walk around the outside after visiting Vicars Close
By the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street still standing in England. This Wells landmark was designed to provide communal accommodation for the Vicars Choral, responsible to sing each day at worship within the Cathedral. This centuries-old tradition carry on today. It is a unique and valued part of Wells Cathedral. All the buildings are grade 1 listed. They are all occupied and as you walk up and down the street normal life goes on.