Donations and Appeals

Donations and Appeals

The site and buildings of The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens are owned by the Church Commissioners and operated by The Palace Trust, a registered charity which manages the site as a heritage visitor attraction.

Our Purpose

As stewards of this beautiful and historic place, our primary purpose is “to conserve The Bishop’s Palace for future generations; welcoming all who seek a place of beauty, reflection, and enjoyment”

Our Vision

The Bishop’s Palace – Protected forever; treasured by all

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.

Saving the Great Hall

The “Great Hall, Great Future” Conservation Project

This large project consisted of major conservation and stabilisation work for the Great Hall.

The Palace Trust would very much like to thank:

  • The Pilgrim Trust
  • The Sanderson Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Country Houses Foundation
  • The Fairfield Charitable Trust
  • AllChurches Trust Limited
  • St Andrews Conservation Trust
  • The Alan Evans Memorial Trust
  • Th Church Commissioners

For their financial contribution towards this project, which has protected a significant and historic ruin for many years to come.

To learn more about this conservation project please contact us on 01749 988 111.

For more ways you can support The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens please visit Support Us, or you can donate using the button below.