Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset
Tucked way behind Wells Cathedral is the medieval moated Bishop’s Palace, home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and honestly, you'd be hard pushed to find a more magical and mellow place. So, if you're looking for something to do when you're on your Sleeps12 holiday in Somerset, here you are.
Behind the imposing gatehouse and portcullis are 14 acres of the most tranquil gardens, including an arboretum, a Croquet Lawn, a Garden of Reflection and the ruins of the Great Hall. Inside the palace is the Long Gallery, the vaulted medieval undercroft, and the chapel, well worth seeing whether you appreciate history or not. Do try the scrumptious home made cake in The Bishop's Table cafe because it makes such a lovely way to round off your visit; the little ones will love the Dragon's Lair Play Area and the swans who live in the moat and pull on a bell in the wall when they want to be fed, a tradition started in the 1870's.