Membership at The Bishop’s Palace

Perfect for frequent visitors - save money and visit often!

If you plan on visiting The Bishop’s Palace more than three times in the next twelve months, then Membership really is the best ‘value for money’ option for you!

Join our growing community of members, already some 2,500 people, who are all making the most of what The Bishop’s Palace has to offer.  Whether it’s a morning stroll along Ken’s Walk, playing hide and seek with the grandchildren in the Dragon’s Lair and Arboretum or simply observing the changing seasons from your favourite bench, you can make Membership work for you.

*Membership allows you to visit the Palace and gardens as many times as you like during normal opening times, plus you will receive the following benefits:

  • 10% discount in the shop
  • 50% off entry to Hestercombe Gardens, Forde Abbey and Kilver Court
  • 50% off Summer Mill Tours at Burcott Mill
  • 10% off entry to the Roman Baths, Bath
  • Discount or free entry on special events
  • Members only special events and tours
  • Bi-annual newsletter & monthly e-news bulletin

2017 prices

  • Individual – £29
  • Joint – (one named or guest) - £48
  • Family 1 (1 adult and children) - £35
  • Family 2 (2 adults and children) - £52
  • Guest Pass - £21
  • Individual Life Membership - £320
  • Joint Life Membership - £475
  • Family Life Membership - £640
  • Life Guest Pass - £110
*Membership offers free access during normal opening hours, unless there is a specific event which incurs an additional cost. These events are publicised well in advance to members, who often receive a discount if an event charge applies. Sometimes we also close the Palace for private functions and then too access is limited.


We have an additional option to add to your membership.   Purchase one of the above memberships and you can buy a Guest Pass card as an add on.    Your Guest Pass card will valid for the same dates as your main annual membership and can be used by your guest to visit during normal opening hours.   You do not need to accompany your guest during their visit, but they will need to bring your valid Guest Pass with them.    The Guest Pass offers excellent value during the year for you to share this wonderful site with your friends, family and visitors.

A Life Guest Pass is available for £110 with any Life Membership.

Buy Membership today

Simply choose which membership suits you and let us know.

There are four different ways to join; you can download the Membership form, fill in your details and return it to: Membership, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells BA5 2PD, pop into the Palace shop to buy a Membership,  telephone 01749 988111 ext 200 or contact us via [email protected].

Once we receive your application form and payment we will send you a welcome pack containing your membership card(s) so you can start visiting straight away.

Renew your membership

If you are already a member, simply print off the Renewal Form and send it back to us with the correct payment. We will update our records and send you a new card(s).

Membership Matters

As well as the freedom to visit as many times as you want, your membership means that you’ll be making a vital contribution towards the work of The Palace Trust, the registered charity that looks after the Palace and gardens. Your annual fee helps pay for running costs such as the purchase of plants, tools and materials for the garden; it can also contribute towards conservation work or help pay for a family activity session. Membership is therefore vitally important as it helps us to keep The Bishop’s Palace open and operational.