Your membership not only gives you admission to The Bishop’s Palace -  you are also supporting the future of this historical site.   Our Members are a vital part of our Palace Community.

Join our growing community of members, already some 2,500 people, who are all making the most of what The Bishop’s Palace has to offer. Whether it’s a morning stroll along Ken’s Walk, playing hide and seek with the grandchildren in the arboretum or simply observing the changing seasons from your favourite bench, make membership work for you.

Membership allows you to visit the Palace and gardens as many times as you like during normal opening times, plus you will receive the following benefits;

  • Admission to event days such as the Annual Garden Festival
  • Members only special events and tours
  • 50% off entry to Hestercombe Gardens, Forde Abbey and Kilver Court
  • 10% discount on plants and produce
  • Monthly e-news bulletin plus Members updates / news throughout the year


2021 Member Events:

We are looking to open one evening a month for members over the summer of 2021 for Members Only evenings.   Dates will be emailed and added to social media once we have checked the weather forecast!

To receive members updates and news please ensure we have your current email address -  please contact Moira on [email protected] or telephone 01749 988111. 

At this time it is not possible to send the members newsletter by post. 

For full event details, please email [email protected]

2021 Palace Membership prices

Joint (named)£54
Family 1 (1 adult and children)£38
Family 2 (2 adults and children)£58
Individual Life Membership£320
Joint Life Membership£475
Family Life Membership£640
Membership offers free access during normal opening hours, unless there is a specific event which incurs an additional cost. These events are published well in advance to members, who often receive a discount if an event charge applies. Sometimes we also close the Palace for private functions and then too access is limited.

Children are 5 - 17 years.  Children under 5 have free admission.  Adults 18+. Children 18+ will need their own individual membership or an admission ticket. 

Guest Pass 

Purchase one of the above memberships and you can buy a Guest Pass card as an add on. Your Guest Pass card will be valid for the same dates as your main annual membership and can be used by your guest to visit during normal opening hours. You do not need to accompany your guest during their visit, but they will need to bring your valid Guest Pass with them. The Guest Pass offers excellent value during the year for you to share this wonderful site with your friends, family and visitors.

An annual Guest Pass is £23.00 with any membership.

A Life Guest Pass is available for £155 with any Life Membership.

Join today

Simply choose which membership suits you and let us know.

There are four different ways to join:

  • download the Membership form, fill in your details, and return it to: Membership, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells BA5 2PD
  • pop by the Ticket Office on your next visit and buy a Membership,
  • telephone 01749 988111 ext 203
  • contact us via [email protected].

Once we receive your application form and payment we will send you a welcome pack containing your membership card(s) so you can start visiting straight away.

Membership can be paid by cash, card or by Cheque (payable to The Palace Trust)

Renew your membership

If you are already a member, simply complete the membership form including your current membership number and send it back to us with the correct payment. We will update our records and send you a new card(s).

Membership as a Gift

Membership makes the perfect gift and lasts a whole 12 months.    
To purchase membership as a gift just download the membership form above.  You can also pop into the Ticket Office, email [email protected] or call us on 01749 988111 ext 203.    

Gift membership can either be sent to you or directly to the recipient.  Just let us know your preference when purchasing.  


Membership Matters

As well as the freedom to visit as many times as you want your membership means that you’ll be making a vital contribution towards the work of The Palace Trust, the registered charity that looks after the Palace and gardens. Your annual fee helps pay for running costs such as the purchase of plants, tools and materials for the garden; it can also contribute towards conservation work or help pay for a family activity session. Membership is therefore vitally important as it helps us to keep The Bishop’s Palace open and operational.    Thank you for your support.  

There are additional ways you can support The Bishop’s Palace,  for details please visit Support Us

More information about your membership and visiting the Palace and Gardens can be found in your Members welcome pack or Membership Information

Do you enjoy visiting, and supporting, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Cathedral and Wells & Mendip Museum?     You may enjoy the Wells Heritage Pass.  

Wells Heritage Pass   


The Wells Heritage Pass gives unlimited access for one year to three of the finest heritage sites in the county, including events and activities, plus a 10% discount in The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Museum and Wells Cathedral shops.

The medieval quarter of Wells is the largest medieval complex still used for its original purpose in Europe. Discover the unique history of  England’s smallest city and enjoy year-round access to these three attractions.

All funds raised from the Wells Heritage Pass will be invested in the conservation of these significant heritage landmarks and will ensure we keep our doors open to the public now and for future generations.


Individual £42
Joint £73
Family (1 adult and 2 children) £57
Family (2 adult and 2 children) £82

The Wells Heritage Pass is available to purchase from Wells Cathedral (Donations Desk & Shop) and The Bishop’s Palace Ticket Office.

More information can be found by downloading this leaflet.