The Bishop's Palace

(11 reviews) 11 5
Market Place Wells Wells Somerset BA5 2PD
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About The Bishop's Palace

Market Place, Wells, Wells
Somerset, BA5 2PD

Mark the start of your married life together in our breath-taking 800 year old medieval Palace, which never fails to wow as guests arrive over the drawbridge and into the grounds. Entertain inside the impressive Palace building and enjoy 14 acres of RHS partner gardens. You don’t have to be royalty to celebrate your special day in a Palace - but we’ll treat you as if you were.

Part of the fun of your wedding day is the planning and we want to make this as enjoyable for you as the actual day itself. Our dedicated wedding planner will take care of all the details for you, advising about timings, décor and offering menu tastings. We always set up the rooms and tables to your plans so you can concentrate on enjoying the excitement in the lead up to your big day. You’ll get to know us very well in the run up to your wedding, which is exactly what we want - you’ve entrusted us to deliver the biggest day of your lives.

Drinks and canapés are served in the original medieval Entrance Hall and on the garden terrace whilst you spend time with your photographer and guests. There are 14 acres of gardens to explore and plenty of space for families to run around or play games in. And don’t worry if the weather lets you down, the Entrance Hall is the perfect place to enjoy drinks and if it’s really cold we’ll light the impressive medieval log fire to make you feel at home.

Once it’s time to eat you will be called into the medieval Undercroft for the feasting to begin. Seating up to 120 guests, the Undercroft is a stunning environment in which to enjoy your first meal together as a married couple. The room will be beautifully dressed and you have the opportunity to make it your own by choosing flowers and decorations to match your colours and themes.  You'll also have use of the elegant Long Gallery, looking over the Croquet Lawn, to give your guests a change of scene. The Undercroft is the location for your evening reception. We’ll move some of the furniture to create an area for a DJ or band and dancing which means that your first dance will be set to a breathtaking backdrop - which could come in useful should you need to distract from two left feet.

One of the big attractions of the Palace is the 14 acres of gardens that surround it. A mixture of formal Dutch style flower beds, a picturesque style South Lawn, the wild freedom of the aboretum (where children will enjoy The Dragon's Lair playground) and of course the well pools that give the city of Wells its name, offer a wonderful space for guests to explore and enjoy and an amazing backdrop to your wedding photographs. 

• Breath-taking 800 year old medieval Palace • List of recommended suppliers • Dedicated wedding planner • Wedding packages available • 14 acres of gardens with waterfalls, a moat and well pools • Medieval Entrance Hall and on the garden terrace

Facilities at The Bishop's Palace

Venue Type :
Exclusive Use
In the Country
In the City
Stately Home
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The Bishop's Palace Location

The Bishop's Palace, Market Place, Wells, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD

Market Place Wells Wells Somerset BA5 2PD
01749 988111
11 5

The Bishop's Palace Reviews (11)

Thank you
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By Mrs Lane, mother of the bride, on 25 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2018

Thank you so much for your efficient help and your great organisational skills without fuss. Your whole team is terribly organised. It took pressure off from the mother of the bride, thank you. Thank you again for making the wedding reception enjoyable for us by running it smoothly. You and your team are very efficient and courteous.

Marvellous Efficiency
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Bradshaw, on 23 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Nov 2017

I just wanted to express our huge gratitude to the Bishop’s Palace a brilliantly executed wedding for my wife and I last weekend. In particular, we can not praise high enough the hard work and pure professionalism shown by Kelly Emery. At every point she was accommodating, responsive and helpful. On the day she and her team made everything run with marvellous efficiency and so very smoothly. We also thought all the staff were very friendly and that the chef did a first class job – as so many guests commented on the excellent food. We could not have been happier.

Best Wedding
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Lewis, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 17 Jun 2017

We had an amazing day and we had such fun so very many thanks to everyone at the Bishops Palace for such a memorable day. Everyone is telling us it is the best wedding they have ever experienced!! and we agree!! Thank you so much!

Married here April 2017
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By Mr and Mrs Shillabeer, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 07 Apr 2017

Absolutely incredible from start to finish. Fantastic venue inside and out. Beautiful gardens and such a romantic venue to host a wedding reception. Our wedding planner, Kelly was superb with great attention to detail as were the whole team working on our big day. Food was delicious. I would recommend using this venue to anyone :)

Thank You
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Balchin, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 20 Aug 2016

We would like to thank you all for the support, organisation and hard work that was put into making our wedding day so special. the food was excellent and everyone had an amazing day. We are really grateful for all you did for us!

Perfect in every way
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Horner, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 13 Aug 2016

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work in making our wedding perfect in every way, we really did have the most fantastic day celebrating with you all at the Palace. Every thing was perfect. We have so many lovely comments on what a wonderful venue, and how attentive the team were in making sure every one had the perfect day. Thank you once again - we really can not thank you enough!!

Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Molesworth, Bride's Parents, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 23 Jul 2016

Our daughter, Helen, had the most truly memorable wedding at the Bishop's Palace on Saturday 23rd July. I can't begin to thank you all enough. The organisation and pre -wedding communications were conducted with a permanent atmosphere of willing to please and efficiency! The food was wonderful, from the tasting, to the breakfast and finally the buffet. This was the biggest party that we will ever throw, and thanks to you all it was the most WONDERFUL day from start to finish. It was the most memorable day.

Incredible Wedding
Venue Service

By Mr Molesworth - Brother of the Bride, on 20 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 23 Jul 2016

The event was incredible; the venue beautiful and the food and drink superb. What made the day so perfect wasn’t the roses, or the sunshine, or the oodles of pimms (although all were very welcome, pimms, especially!) but the staff. I take my hat off to every one of your team. Every guest commented upon the amazing day that they had, and this was all due to the details being tirelessly and quietly completed without fuss or drama. Please pass on my very sincere thanks. I have been absolutely blown away, and thanks to you all, my sister’s wedding day was absolutely perfect. You should be incredibly proud of your team. They are just amazing. Brother of the bride 23rd July 2016.

Highly Recommended
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Marshall, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 02 Jul 2016

Thank you to you and your team for all your hard work, the day went perfectly- food and service absolutely spot on! Best day of our lives for sure. Thanks again for your help- will be highly recommending the Palace as the perfect wedding venue.

Thank you!
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Wallis, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 01 Apr 2016

Thank you so much for all your help in the build up to our wedding and of course the day itself! You were always on hand and ready to help. The food was just delicious! Thank you for helping to make our day so special and memorable, we really did have the most amazing day!

Natalie and James's Reception
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By Nigel & Jeanette Blackman, on 20 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 01 Apr 2016

We wanted you both to know how pleased Jeanette and I were with the way that Natalie & James's reception was handled by yourselves and your hard working staff last Friday. The wedding breakfast was superb, the food was served hot, not an easy trick when catering for so many and the whole day went off without a hitch, thanks to your good teamwork. Thank you once again.

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