About The Bishop's Palace

About The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells.

The 14 acres of RHS partner gardens and Palace buildings are owned by the Church Commissioners and operated by The Palace Trust, a registered charity which manages the site as a heritage visitor attraction.

The cost of maintaining the Palace is met entirely by grants, by Admission Tickets, special events and our café, and donations are also crucial to our work. So your support in this respect is vital.

Our Purpose

As stewards of this beautiful and historic place, our primary purpose is “to conserve The Bishop’s Palace and its story as a place of enjoyment and reflection for the benefit of all”.

Our Vision

To inspire and touch the lives of many by offering joy, healing, hope and wellbeing.

Our Legacy

The Palace Trust gets no statutory funding. The cost of maintaining the Palace is met entirely by grants from organisations like the National Lottery and Charitable Trusts, by Admission tickets, special events and our café.  But this does not cover the entire cost of everyday maintenance, so donations to this aspect of our work are also always welcome.

Likewise, the cost of conservation work cannot be met by admission fees etc. so we rely on voluntary donations to finance this aspect of our work. The annual costs vary between £400,000 and £500,000. So, this is an area where we welcome donations – large or small, regular or one-off – to enable us to carry out this vital work.

There are various ways to support our work, which are listed below, together with links to enable you to support us with the minimum of effort:

Other Ways To Support The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

 Remembering us in your will
 Palace membership
 Volunteering your time


Admission to the Palace buildings and RHS partner gardesn via The Bishop’s Palace Admission Ticket allows for 12 months of return visits from the date of your first visit. Many events are also included with this ticket.

Admission details, including prices, are HERE.