The Palace Trust
Contact: Ms Moira Anderson
The Bishop's Palace
Tel: 01749 988111
About The Palace Trust
The eight-hundred-year-old Palace sits at the heart of the medieval city, among fourteen acres of stunning RHS partner gardens. Owned by the Church Commissioners, the site is operated by The Palace Trust which is a registered charity and manages it as a heritage visitor attraction and creates a range of events and exhibitions. It consists of 14 acres of gardens and the historic palace buildings surrounded by the original curtain walls and moat. It remains the home and offices of the Bishops of Bath and Wells, along with other residents.
Open most of the year, the Palace welcomes over 120,000 visitors across the drawbridge, offers a first- class café – The Bishop's Table - and holds regular events, exhibitions and functions. The magnificent gardens are recognised by the RHS as a partner garden. It attracts visitors from all over the world and in recent times has been a source of solace, recreation and comfort for local people.
There is a continuous programme of conservation of the fabric. The retail activities are conducted through a trading company. The Palace’s income comes from several sources: entry fees, private functions, special events and its commercial trading activities, currently a venue hire and catering businesses.
Trustees are supported by a team of around 40 highly skilled and experienced professional staff, led by a Chief Executive. The whole operation, in turn, depends on the good will, skill and enthusiasm of around 200 volunteers.