Opening Times

Opening Times


Please note that due to the current situation, opening may change.
Currently open daily from 10am until 4pm.


The Palace Gardens are now open daily 10am until 4pm.   Last admission at 3.30pm.  Please note that social distancing (2m), a one way system in parts of the gardens and we are monitoring numbers on site are all in place to ensure everyones wellbeing.    You can purchase your admission ticket online prior to arrival if you prefer, or you can purchase when you arrive in the Palace shop.  (25/10/20)

SUMMER 10am – 6pm, 7 days per week

(from 29th March 2020 to 25th October 2020)

Please check below for partial /full site closure details

Winter 10am – 4pm, 7 days per week

(from 25 October 2020 through to 23 December 2020
and 6 January 2021 - 27 March 2021)

Please note, last admission is 30 minutes before closing time

Scroll down for special closures

Guided tours

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

WINTER (from 27th October)
12pm Joint Palace building and Gardens tour

SUMMER (from 29th March)
11am* & 2pm  Palace and Chapel Tour (30 mins)
12pm & 3pm  Grounds Tour (45 mins)

*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

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

Partial/Full site closures 2020

On the rare occasion we need to fully or partly close The Bishop’s Palace to visitors for private hire, we will always list these dates on our events calendar and on this page. You are welcome to call us on 01749 988111 ext. 200 to double check we are open before you visit.

Palace building closed to public all day - Gardens, Chapel and cafe open

Thursday 19th November 2020
Thursday 17th December 2020

Whole Palace Site (Gardens, Building, Cafe and Shop) Closed to public from 1pm