Christmas at the Palace: Iluminations 2021

5th December - 19th December 2021

Christmas at The Bishop’s Palace is typically a festive occasion for all the family and this year is no exception.

The rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be adorned with decorations on a different theme, from medieval through Victorian to Nordic. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.

Outside visitors can explore the magical inner gardens of the Bishop’s Palace illuminated with festive decorations and Christmas Illuminations which were so popular last year. And for younger visitors, Father and Mother Christmas will be visiting and meeting children once again in the Palace itself.

Christmas Illuminations:

The Christmas Illuminations are located in and around our Gardens and can be enjoyed only for our special late openings which are:  3rd December (Member’s Only), 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th December.

The Illuminations will begin at 3.30pm on the above evenings and last entry time will be 6.30pm with the inner gardens open until 7.00pm.

Please note that the outer gardens will close at 4.00pm for health and safety reasons.

The Bishop’s Table café will also be serving its festive menu so stay to enjoy a delicious treat!


Access to the Christmas Illuminations is included with any valid admission to the Bishop’s Palace, including The People’s Ticket.

You can purchase at the Ticket Office or prior to your visit online HERE.

We encourage all visitors to wear masks in the Palace building for the Christmas at the Palace event from Sunday 5th – Tuesday 21st December.

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