The Gardens are open, but please note that the Palace building is currently closed. Our opening and admission may change on a daily basis at the present time.
**CLICK HERE to check our opening times and occasional closures for private events before making a visit. **
Admission tickets give access to the medieval Palace [CURRENTLY CLOSED], ruined Great Hall, 14 acres of gardens, free Guided Tours [NOT RUNNING CURRENTLY], the Bishop’s Chapel and events (unless specifically ticketed). See HERE for a map of the site.
“Buy today, visit all year”
The new Adult ticket, (known as “The People’s Ticket”) is an annual return ticket costing £15 and allows the user to return as many times as they wish for a period of 12 months. The Child ticket (5-17 yrs) will cost £7.50.
Usual admission prices (non-event days):
|Children (Under 5 years)||FREE||FREE|
|Children (5-18 years)||£7.50||£7.50|
|Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors||FREE||FREE|
|Child Group Admission||Prebooked||£4.00|
The Bishop’s Palace runs the Gift Aid on Entry Scheme. When you buy your ticket, we will offer you the Gift Aid Admission price; but it is entirely up to you, if you do wish to gift aid, 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 Donation**||Standard 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 Day prices:
**Please note: the event dates listed below are currently on hold, or cancelled where noted, given 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 otherwise. Ticket prices on the event days listed are £10.25 Adult, £5.10 Child, £8 groups of 10+, £20.50 Family 1 adult, £28.50 Family 2 adults, unless stated otherwise.
|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|
Refund and Exchange Policy
Should you change your mind about your purchase we can offer an exchange or refund provided the item is returned within 28 days, together with the receipt.
This does not affect your statutory rights.
Guided tours are included in your admission ticket.
Guided tours are available daily as follows:
*Please note that guided tours are not currently taking place due to the Coronavirus situation. Please check here 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)
*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
Please meet just past the ticket gate by the guided tours’ signpost
We accept the following cards: