Our purpose is “to conserve The Bishop’s Palace for future generations; welcoming all who seek a place of beauty, reflection and enjoyment”.
It costs £3,000 per day to keep the Palace in good repair and open to the public. The cost of conservation and stabilisation works are over and above this figure, for example, the conservation of the Great Hall will cost over £400,000 in total. We are spending £135,000 to stabilise and conserve the inner curtain wall and bastions.
It costs £73,500 per annum to maintain the gardens.
Over £200,000 per annum on general maintenance and repair.
We operate the Palace as a visitor attraction and community resource, offering a range of public events, tours, exhibitions, learning opportunities and family activity days. This year we will welcome over 100,000 visitors, a record for the Palace. We employ a small team of staff and are supported by 200+ volunteers. 80% of our income comes from entrance tickets, membership, venue hire, catering, private and public events. The remainder is raised from voluntary sources, grants and donations.
We greatly appreciate any donations from supporters. Donations can be made using the button below:
Saving the Great Hall
Major conservation and stabilisation work is needed on the Great Hall of the Palace. Built in the 1270s it is now a dramatic standing ruin and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The exposed stonework has weathered significantly; in particular, the window tracery, a strong visual feature of the ruin, has decayed and has become very fragile and the rubble-stone of the walls is seriously eroded.
Expert pinning and conservation work is needed to inhibit further deterioration and loss of original fabric. We began this work in 2014 and it continued throughout 2015 and 2016. In 2017 we have been working on the first of the final two sections of the Great Hall.
The Great Hall is of architectural significance because it is a Grade 1 listed building, and scheduled ancient monument. The 14 acre site within which it sits is also registered as a Historic park and garden, ranking among the most important heritage sites in the region due to its collective archaeological, historic and landscape significance. To learn more about this conservation project please contact our Chief Executive, Rosie Martin on 01749 988 111.