The Bishop's Palace

(17 reviews) 17 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 nestled within the stunning Somerset countryside, the palace 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
Castle
Stately Home
Historic
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
17 5

The Bishop's Palace Reviews (17)

Beautiful, personal wedding venue
Venue Service

By Alice McGee, on 05 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Oct 2018

We would definitely recommend the Bishop's Palace as a wedding venue. We were looking for somewhere beautiful that would allow us to have a more personal day than a standard hotel package and that is absolutely what we got. The Palace and gardens are really stunning and Kelly and her team were flexible, understanding and really accommodating, helping us make the day just as we wanted it. Kelly was really helpful right from the start and really went out of her way for us, from sourcing shot glasses for the soup canapés, to taking care of dietary requirements and frequent changes to the plans at the last minute. We went for an afternoon tea and then hog roast which went down really well with all our guests (and Bishop's Palace makes some of the best home-made scones we've tasted). Even though we managed to hit the one rainy day in about 2 months of sunshine, our photos are gorgeous and we had a wonderful day. The only challenge was not having on-site accommodation/ late licence but with hotels within a short walk this wasn't a big problem.

Such a beautiful day
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By Lee Martin-Scull, on 06 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2018

We reserved The Bishops Palace for our wedding 2 1/2 years before the day. We knew as soon as we walked in that it was the perfect place for us. From this very first contact, Kelly Emery was brilliant. Every question was answered immediately whether in person or by email, she was always contactable and really took any stress in arranging our day away. I cannot fault anything at all. On the day The Palace was beautiful and it was a pleasure to have Kelly and the staff helping us and our guests. Everything was seamless and flowed perfectly. Our guests reaction to The Palace Was perfect - every single person was blown away by how beautiful it was and by how helpful all of the staff were. We are so happy with how everything turned out - thank you so much!

Fantastic venue with wonderful team
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By Sarah, on 07 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Aug 2018

We had an incredible wedding reception at The Bishop's Palace in August. It's a very unique setting and guests were particularly impressed by the Palace itself and the gardens. The catering was also really good - delicious canapes, mains and evening food with good sized portions and lovely fresh/local ingredients. Most of all, we can't thank the fantastic team enough. Kelly was incredibly dedicated, patient and supportive throughout the process. She was very responsive to emails and calls and great at giving us the space we needed whilst also checking in regularly to see if she could help. Every request we had (and some were rather bizarre/tricky!) was no problem at all and the answer was always 'yes'. The other staff were also wonderful, from the waiters/waitresses to bar staff to welcomers on the door. I can't recommend this venue highly enough!

We couldnt have wished for a better day
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By Mr and Mrs Davis, on 29 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2018

We just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you did for us. The wedding ran so smoothly even with the cake issue! You were literally amazing and we never had to worry about anything with you. We couldn't have wished for a better day. Everybody loved the food and the venue and said how great it was. So can't thank you enough really!

The Perfect Day!
Venue Service

By Kate and Ravi, on 07 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2018

We had our wedding reception at the Bishop's Palace on the 21st of April. We had the most perfect day, the Palace and the grounds were absolutely stunning. Kelly and her team kept everything running perfectly throughout the day and were extremely professional. The guests loved the venue and the food was delicious! Kelly was also extremely accommodating, organized and helpful during the run up to the big day. Thank you to everyone at the Bishop's palace for an amazing experience!

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.

Winter Wedding at The Bishops Palace
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By Mr and Mrs M, on 28 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Mar 2018

We had our wedding reception at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells in March 2018. This was after being failed by a wedding venue in Taunton. Changing our venue to the Bishop’s Palace was the best decision we made for our wedding. Organising the reception was a smooth and relaxed process from start to finish. Initially we had a guided tour around the palace and gardens whilst chatting about the different options available to us. Once we decided to book the venue we were put in contact with our wedding coordinator, Kelly. We had several meetings with Kelly to discuss how we wanted our day to run, nothing was too much for Kelly, she was always offering her assistance, not just with plans at the Bishop’s Palace but with other aspects of the wedding like the flowers and disco. We had a food tasting at the palace cafe to help us decide on the food for the day, this was a great experience, we were able to discuss the options available to vegetarians and those with food intolerances. The wedding day itself was amazing, it ran without any issues, despite the fact it snowed!! The food was brilliant, all our guests were complimentary. We certainly didn’t go hungry! Everyone said how beautiful the venue was. We spent most of the day inside of the palace due to how cold it was outside, but this was lovely as the fires were lit in the beautiful fire places. It was an idyllic winter wedding! The cost of the whole reception was far less than I ever would have imagined. We opted for a winter package, which was great value for money. Overall it was definitely a 10/10 and we would highly recommend the Bishop’s Palace to anyone else getting married in Wells!

Marvellous Efficiency
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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!!

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