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The Bishop's Palace

The Bishops Palace

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The Bishops Palace

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  • Historic medieval palace wedding venue
  • Located in Wells, Somerset
  • Perfect for unique wedding receptions (no ceremonies)
  • No-obligation consultations
  • Personal wedding planner
  • Range of menus from exceptional in-house caterers

Surrounded by a picturesque moat and accessed over its magnificent medieval drawbridge, this 13th-century Bishop's Palace is a historic, magical, and romantic location for truly enchanting wedding receptions.

Welcome your guests as they arrive over the scenic drawbridge and into the Palace's charming grounds, enjoy delectable canapés in the original medieval Entrance Hall, partake of a grand feast and evening reception in the atmospheric vaulted Undercroft, and discover countless photo opportunities within the 14 acres of tranquil grounds.

The Palace and gardens can be exclusively hired for the entire day, or simply for an elegant lunch or evening reception. Experienced, dedicated staff will help to organise every aspect of your day from start to finish, and will ensure the venue is perfectly in keeping with your chosen colour scheme and wedding theme.


The striking medieval Palace dates back to the early 13th century, when the first Bishop of Bath and Wells was granted royal permission to build a residence, and to this day the Bishop of Wells still resides there!

A breathtaking 14 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, including an arboretum, surround the grand Palace, in which you will find its famed swans who continue the tradition of ringing a bell when they wish to be fed - just as their ancestors did after being taught to do so by the Bishop's daughter in 1870.

From helping to organise timings, decorations and menu taste-testing, to preparing the rooms and setting up your tables on the day, The Bishop's Palace's dedicated wedding planner will ensure the coordination of your event is as smooth as possible, leaving you to relax and look forward to the exciting day ahead!


The Bishop's Palace can offer a varied selection of packages to suit a broad range of different requirements and budgets.

King and Queen - Feel like royalty for the day with exclusive hire of the Palace and its scenic grounds for the entire proceedings of your wedding reception.

Hire includes the original medieval Entrance Hall complete with a roaring log fire, in which celebratory drinks and canapés could be served to your guests on arrival, and the spectacular vaulted Undercroft, which can seat between 50 and 120 people for a luxurious wedding feast.

While you and your guests enjoy your wedding cake up in the historic Long Gallery, the Undercroft will be transformed into a magical location for a spectacular evening reception party, complete with an area suitable to house a live band and/or DJ and a spacious dancefloor.

White linen, chair covers and sashes will be included in this package, your wedding coordinator will be on hand throughout the day, and you’ll also be allowed to revel in exclusive use of the beautiful grounds!

Prince and Princess - This package will give you exclusive hire of the Entrance Hall, Undercroft and Long Gallery from 2-11pm, as well as white linen, chair covers and sashes to decorate your rooms.

Duke and Duchess - Perfect for an evening reception, this arrangement allows you exclusive hire of the Entrance Hall and Long Gallery from 6-11pm, with your room decorations included.

Lord and Lady - For midday or lunchtime receptions, enjoy a sumptuous wedding breakfast, or indulge in afternoon tea and cake in the Undercroft, from 12-4pm.


The Bishop's Palace in house catering team create delicious dishes from the finest fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Meet with the talented head chef before your wedding day to discuss choices and take part in a mouth-watering menu tasting session!

Sample Dinner Menu

£32.50pp Two courses followed by coffee and homemade shortbread

£40.00pp Three courses followed by coffee and homemade shortbread

Choose one item per course from the menu below for the whole party and don't forget to let the venue know about any special dietary requirements you or your guests may have.


  • Your choice of soup served with bloomer bread
  • Terrine of ham hock and leek with tomato chutney and toasted bread
  • Grilled chicken ceaser salad with cheesy croutons
  • Smoked salmon and pickled cucumber salad with brown bread
  • Somerset brie and red onion tartlet with an apple and walnut salad (also available as a main course)


  • Roast chicken supreme with sauté potatoes and chicken velouté
  • Roast loin of pork with fondant potato and Somerset Orchard Pig cider sauce
  • Braised beef with roasted new potatoes and bacon gravy
  • Pan-fried fillet of salmon with dauphinoise chive cream
  • Celeriac and Stilton pearl barley risotto with a walnut and pea shoot salad (v)


  • Thin apple tartlet with vanilla cream
  • Warm chocolate brownie with berry compote and clotted cream
  • Profiteroles with dark chocolate sauce
  • Berry Eton mess
  • Vanilla cheese cake with toffee sauce and Crunchie bar topping

The Bishop's Palace is also a great destination for more sophisticated Hen or Stag parties. Send Merryn an enquiry to arrange a private tour - either click the "Email this business" button above, or reveal the telephone number and give her a call.

The Bishops Palace


  • Bride and groom - 13/08/2016

    I 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. Everything was perfect!

    We have so many lovely comments on what a wonderful venue, and how attentive the team were in making sure everyone had the perfect day.

    Thank you once again - we really cannot thank you enough!!

  • Brother of the bride - 23/07/2016

    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, 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.

  • Mother and father of bride - 01/04/2016

    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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