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History

The Old Palace was the official residence of the Bishop of Worcester until 1842. The building was sold in 1846 to the Dean and Chapter and used as the Deanery. Later it became a Church House club and Diocesan Offices. 

Along with the Cathedral, it is the oldest building in Worcester, indeed there was a bishop living here before there was a King of England.

The Old Palace also has many royal associations including Queen Elizabeth I who kept her Court at the Bishop's Palace in Worcester for seven days in 1575. King Charles I stayed briefly in 1644 and James II stayed at the Palace in 1687.

The Old Palace became a Grade I listed building in 1954.

Current use

During 2013 and 2014, the building has undergone major refurbishment and modernisation to equip it for its role as a modern office, training venue, restaurant and wedding reception venue. 

The Old Palace even has a chapel adjacent to the Great Hall which is open to the public, and where a Eucharist service is held for staff every week.

Venue for hire

As well as weddings the Old Palace can be booked for other events such as parties, social gatherings, business meetings and conferences. Please contact the Reception for more details on 01905 20537.

Weddings at The Old Palace

With beautiful riverside gardens, a stunning Great Hall with views across the Severn and locally sourced and lovingly prepared food from our catering team, it is ideal for a smaller intimate affair or for a larger party of up to 80 people for your wedding breakfast and up to 150 for your evening buffet. Find out more.