Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Lamphey, United Kingdom

Lamphey Bishop's Palace is a ruined medieval building complex in Lamphey. Whilst early thirteenth-century fragments from the old hall still exist, the palace, including the 25 metres great hall, was largely constructed under Bishop Henry de Gower, Bishop of St David's (1328–1347) and was used by high-ranking clergy. The palace was built in three stages and originally had over 20 rooms and featured fishponds, orchards, fruit and herb gardens and areas of parkland with grazing deer.

The palace was surrendered to the crown in 1546 during the reign Henry VIII and granted to Richard Devereux and subsequently the Earls of Essex. Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex lived in the palace as a child. The palace was sold to the Owens of Orielton in 1683, possibly due to damage in the English Civil War. The buildings were possibly used for farm purposes in this era.



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Lamphey, United Kingdom
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom

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Ezmeralda Edwards (7 months ago)
What can I say, beside utterly wonderful. Free parking, free entry. Plenty to see (and hear!) A large amount still stands, and its beautiful. We visited here 4 times in our week holiday, and can't wait to return, so peaceful and a get place to pause and recharge your batteries. The dog's absolutely loved it too.
tomolo (8 months ago)
A free place which is great for a picnic with the kids! Free parking too, can't go wrong!
Ros Milbourn (9 months ago)
Amazing ruins you can walk around Info boards dotted about
Anton Osborne (10 months ago)
What's not to like. Plenty of ruins to explore, space for the kids to run around, dog friendly, atmospheric, free to park and free to enter. CADW have done a great job maintaining the site.
Ewan Bartlett (10 months ago)
Lovely little walk around the ruins that are being carefully maintained and cared for. Great small pub just up the path for a refreshing drink too.
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