The  Gardens, Palace Building and Chapel are open daily from 10am until 6pm

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


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 (ask at the Ticket Office) - see below for more information.

Prices 2021

“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
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
The Garden Festival Friday 2 July
Saturday 3 July
Sunday 4 July
Adults £12.50
Child £6.50
Palace Members - Free

People’s Tickets, HHA, RHS and Discount Vouchers are not valid for this event. 
People’s Ticket holders will need to purchase a Garden Festival Ticket.

Tickets are per day.


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

*Guided Tours will begin running again from 17th May. Please ask the Ticket Office to book you a space upon arrival. *

SUMMER (from March)
11am,  2pm & 3pm  Palace Ground Tour (outside) 

These tours are included in your admission ticket. Please meet just past the ticket gate by the guided tours’ signpost. You must reserve your place at the Ticket Office in advance.


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Once you have discovered The Bishop’s Palace you will want to keep coming back! Show your support for the Palace, and get access to exclusive events, activities and bookings when you become 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.


Off Market Place (through The Bishop’s Eye entrance)

(for Sat Nav use BA5 2RA)

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