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: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom

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Lucy J (6 months ago)
Free entry, good gentle wander to break a journey, but limited information available when unstaffed. Grass holds water so be sure to wear suitable footwear (I didn't!). Very calm and peaceful place.
J Carlpark (6 months ago)
Hidden gem of historical history and beauty. There is free admission into this Cadw owned site. Dogs are allowed in if kept on their leads. Peaceful and usually quiet with well maintained grounds, great for picnics on sunny days out. Car parking is free.
Marie Cook (7 months ago)
A stunning little gem found by chance.. Very clean and well kept and steeped in history.. well worth a visit and free to get in.
gail blackmore (8 months ago)
Beautiful, quiet and peaceful. Accessed via a fairly small , flat car park opposite the site. Suitable for wheelchair users though a little bumpy. There is no formal entrance at present but if you follow the track alongside you can let yourself in through the gate. Information boards are minimal, which is a shame. But the site is well worth the effort nevertheless. The site is mostly grass, but was well maintained and accessible to wheelchair users. I have rated 4* as more information boards are needed and there are no toilets open at the site.
Sam Pring (8 months ago)
Great Abbey to visit with some well presented ruins. Currently the visitors centre is closed, so it looks shut, however you can still enter through the side gate, follow the path down to the left opposite the car parking. We had the whole place to ourselves which was lovely - only spent about 30mins here but worth a stop if in the area/passing by.
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