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Entry to the museum is free but we do appreciate a small donation.

Opening Times

The museum is open from 1st May to 30th September on Bank Holidays and Weekends only between 12 - 4pm. 
The Palace Grounds are open daily between April and October and at weekends throughout the year.  To arrange out of hours visits please contact 


The Palace car park is a short, level, walk to the museum with a gravel path.  For wheelchair visitors and those with decreased mobility it is only the ground floor of the building that is accessible. Access to the first floor is via a wooden staircase.


Unfortunately we do not have toilet facilities at the museum - the nearest WC is in the Basingwell Street car park (300m).  Sorry, we do not have a café either, but the town has many delicious cafes, bars and restaurants just over the road - click here for more information.  We have a small number of cards and books on Bishop’s Waltham on sale within the museum.


Dogs with well trained owners are welcome. 



Parking at the Palace is free, the entrance to the car park is off the B2177.   
Parking is also available in the town car parks at Basingwell Street (short stay) and Lower Lane (long stay), both pay and display. There is also unrestricted on-street car parking on Station Road, next to the Palace. Click here for more information on parking locally.

Please note: the grounds are only open between the hours of 10.00 and 18.00 or sunset. At other times the gate to the car park and to the grounds will be locked. 

Group Visits

We welcome group visits by special arrangement.   Past visitors have included WI, Guide, Scout and Beaver groups, history associations, U3A, home education groups and conference attendees. 

Please contact us to arrange your visit at: 

Getting to Bishop's Waltham

Click here for detailed directions by car and public transport.

Sat Nav post code: SO32 1SB will find the car park


Opening Hours

Palace Grounds   1st April - 30th September: Open daily from 10am - 6pm

1st October - 31st March: Open weekends and bank holidays 10am - 4pm

Alteration: October 2020: Grounds will stay open every day 10am - 4pm

Museum: 2nd May 2020 - 27th September 2020: Open weekends and bank holidays 12 - 4pm

Alteration: August and September 2020 - we are only open Saturdays due to Coronavirus

3 Station Road, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton. SO32 1DH (Car Park: SO32 1SB)


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