A ‘See’ of Snowdrops in Somerset
A Palace for a Bishop and Somerset Snowdrops
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Somerset have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.
Surrounded by a breath-taking moat, visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem. As described by an American visitor 130 years ago, this is a ‘palace of enchantment’.
The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century. The first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew. Although home to the Bishop and other families, visitors can walk in the footsteps of past bishops through the Palace. Look around the Bishop’s private Chapel and explore the ruined Great Hall. Most importantly, meet the famous mute swans who ring a bell when they want food!
There are 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. Enjoy a guided tour, a gift shop and a café with the best views in Wells! In February, follow the Snowdrop Walk to experience the Moat banks carpeted with snowdrops. Cross the Willow Bridge to enjoy an Arboretum full of different varieties of spectacular snowdrops. There will also be a selection of snowdrops grown on site to buy and take home to your own garden.
After your visit to the gardens, enjoy a warming lunch at the nearby Swan Hotel.