Please note, in the present situation, our opening times, areas that are open and admission prices may change on a daily basis.
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, browse the shop 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 (CURRENTLY CLOSED) 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 (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING) - see below for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: The Events listed below are currently on hold in the current situation.
On the event days listed below, discounts, vouchers and passes cannot be used, except if stated. However, Palace Members, Wells Heritage Pass holders and HHA members have FREE entry on these event days, unless stated. Ticket prices on the event days listed are £10.25 Adult, £5.10 Child, £8.20 groups of 10+, £20.50 Family 1 adult, £28.50 Family 2 adults, unless stated.
|##### Rare Plant Fair - CANCELLED||22nd March||Admission on Rare Plant Fair days: Adult (over 16): £7. Child (under 16): FREE. Payment in cash or cheque only on this day. Palace Members Free. HHA cards are not valid on this day|
|Medieval Falconry Day||11th April|
|Garden Festival||19th, 20th and 21st June|
|Midsummer Mayhem||9th August|
|Medieval Fayre||29th, 30th and 31st August|
|Rare Plant Fair||13th September||Admission on Rare Plant Fair days: Adult (over 16): £7. Child (under 16): FREE. Payment in cash or cheque only on this day. Palace Members Free. HHA cards are not valid on this day|
|Medieval Falconry Day||27th September|
|Christmas Artisan Markets||6th - 8th November||Adults £8|
Usual admission prices (non-event days):
|Children (Under 5 years)||FREE||FREE|
|Children (5-18 years)||£5.00||£4.55|
|Family (1 Adult, up to 3 children) |
Family (2 Adult, up to 3 children)
|Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors||FREE||FREE|
|Child Group Admission||Prebooked||£4.00|
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 Admission includes a 10 per cent voluntary donation. 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. Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary so if you prefer to pay the Non-Gift Aid price please advise our Visitor Operation staff at the till point.
|Gift Aid Price||Non-Gift Aid Price|
|Amount Paid by visitor||£10.00||£9.10|
|Tax Refund from the Government*||£2.50||£0.00|
|Total Received by the Bishop’s Palace||£12.50||£9.10|
**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.
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.
*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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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.
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