Admission

Admission


 

Please note, in the present situation,  our opening times, areas that are open and admission prices may change on a daily basis.

***Thursday 15th October, Palace buildings closed all day. Gardens, Chapel and Cafe open.***

***Sunday 18th October - Palace buildings closed all day for installation of a new exhibition, Gardens, Chapel and Cafe open.***

ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

What’s free?

All visitors can now enjoy coming further into The Bishop’s Palace for free, whether it’s to pop to the café for lunch with friends, admire the view, or even access the toilets in the Stable Yard area.

Where do admission charges apply?
Admission tickets give access to the medieval Palace and Undercroft, ruined Great Hall, 14 acres of gardens, the Bishop’s Chapel and all events (unless specifically ticketed). Included in your admission ticket is a choice of daily guided tours of the Palace & Gardens (Sorry not currently running) - see below for more information.

Prices 2020

“Buy today, visit all year”

You can upgrade your admission ticket to “The People’s Ticket”), free of charge, which allows the user to return as many times as they wish for a period of 12 months. 

 

There is no need to pre-book for general admission days. You can purchase your admission ticket online or you can buy in the Palace shop on arrival.   HHA & RHS members, plus discount/voucher holder please bring your card/voucher to the Palace shop on arrival for you admission.

Usual admission prices (non-event days):

WhoGift Aid*Standard
Adult£15.00£15.00
Children (Under 5 years)FREEFREE
Children (5-18 years)£7.50£7.50
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFREEFREE
Group AdmissionPrebooked£8.00
Child Group AdmissionPrebooked£4.00
*Gift Aid
The Bishop’s Palace runs the Gift Aid on Entry Scheme. Under this scheme, if you’re not a member of The Bishop’s Palace, you have the choice of two entry tickets. When you buy your ticket, we will offer you the Gift Aid Admission price; but it is entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Non-Gift Aid price, just let us know when you come to pay.
Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid** – an extra 25 per cent – all of which goes straight back into the upkeep of this unique, Grade I listed, historic site. 
 Gift Aid PriceNon-Gift Aid Price
Amount Paid by visitor£15.00£15.00
Tax Refund from the Government*£3.75£0.00
Total Received by the Bishop’s Palace£18.75£15.00
**Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

 

Event admission prices (special event days):

On the event days listed below discounts/voucher cannot be used, except if stated. Ticket prices on event days are details on each event.  Some events must be pre-booked.

EventDateOther Information
Rare Plant Fair13th SeptemberAdmission on Rare Plant Fair days: Adult (over 16): £7. Child (under 16): FREE. All tickets must be pre-booked. 
Palace Members Free - but must pre-book.
HHA cards are not valid on this day

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome in the gardens of The Bishop’s Palace - we do ask that they are kept on a short lead. The only area that dogs are not allowed in is our new Dragon’s Lair area in the Arboretum, as this is a safe space for children.

We have a dog-friendly cafe where your dog will be served water and you can purchase dog treats too!

Dogs may not enter the Palace buildings unless they are assistance dogs.

Guided tours

*Please note that guided tours are not currently running, owing to the Coronavirus situation. Please check this page for any updates*

WINTER (from 28th October)
12pm Joint Palace building and Gardens tour

SUMMER (from 31st March)
11am* & 2pm  Palace and Chapel Tour (30 mins)
12pm & 3pm  Grounds Tour (45 mins)

These tours are included in your admission ticket. Please meet just past the ticket gate by the guided tours’ signpost.

*On the first Sunday of each month during the summer opening, a Geology tour will replace the Palace Tour at 11am for 1.5 hours, starting from the usual tour starting point by the Great Hall. Doug Robinson and Chris King will be conducting the geology tour.Geology tour dates:  5th April, 3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd Aug, 6th Sept

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Membership

Once you have discovered The Bishop’s Palace you will want to keep coming back! Save yourself a lot of money by becoming a Member of The Bishop’s Palace. Not only will you be able to access the Palace and gardens whenever you like during opening hours, but you will also receive a number of lovely benefits and discounts plus you’ll be helping towards the future of the site! Join us today, start saving and start enjoying the medieval Palace on your doorstep.

Location

Off Market Place (through The Bishop’s Eye entrance)
Wells
Somerset
BA5 2PD

(for Sat Nav use BA5 2RA)

There is no parking on site. Please click here for travel and parking information.