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Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, Lamphey, Pembroke SA71 5NT, Wales
+44 300 025 6000
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Well worth a visit to walk around and explore.

My husband visited this building and enjoyed an hour exploring all the nooks and cranny's that this... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Impressive ruin that gives a good idea of how rich this Bishop was!

The visitors centre was closed but it looked very welcoming. Access to the ruins is still available... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was the retreat of choice for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State. The medieval bishops of St Davids were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status. Lamphey did not disappoint. A palace fit for a queen…or at least the occasional bishop. What we see today is mainly the work of the dynamic Henry de Gower, the bishop of St Davids from 1328 to 1347. Thanks to his vision, elegant Lamphey became the ‘away from it all’ palace for high-ranking members of the clergy keen to play at being country gentlemen. Bishop Gower’s great hall, 82 feet (25m) long, is a particularly fine architectural achievement and its sheer grandeur would have impressed even the most privileged of bishops. Equally well-preserved and detailed in their architecture are the western hall and inner gatehouse.
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Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, Lamphey, Pembroke SA71 5NT, Wales
+44 300 025 6000
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

My husband visited this building and enjoyed an hour exploring all the nooks and cranny's that this hugely impressive building had. This palace must have been very impressive when it was occupied many years ago and even with the visitor centre closed still gave the...More

Thank charlie46Shropshire
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

The visitors centre was closed but it looked very welcoming. Access to the ruins is still available and it’s quite startling that the size and quality of the original build is still an impressive sight. Bishops lived well in those days!! Great place for a...More

Thank Siencyn
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Amazing place to visit. Worth a visit, free parking, free to get in, Not much information about the ruins but theres a few plaques. Only one other family there, so it was lovely, dogs allowed in, spent about an hour here.

Thank michellejade2009
Reviewed 6 October 2017

There's enough here to get the imagination running. The former Bishop's Palace is a ruin, but enough stands to allow visitors a chance to see what might have been here in years gone by.

Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A very well cared for site with some information boards about the history. A visit is recommended to this historic place. Dogs can also visit and there are seats to have a sit down.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

What a place. Very few people, very untouched, just sufficient information and free. This is definitely worth a visit, for any age!

Thank Linden25
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Visited with my family free to get in and nobody else was there.This is a ruin but with a good history lots of information boards around took the grandkids and a dog spent a good couple of hours here ,well looked after.

Thank robertpannell
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

First visit with my grandson a few years ago and I thought it a lovely place so returned with my husband who likes "piles of old rubble". We had it to ourselves for awhile and were particularly impressed by the roof of the below ground...More

Thank AlfredaBelize
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Worth a short visit if you like examining ruins of abbeys. For an abbey it is very large, and quite a lot is still standing. There are no paths, so you walk across the grass, which can be wet, to get around. There is a...More

Thank Andy P
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were on holiday in Lamphey and our relatives were staying in the Lamphey Court Hotel so on a drive to meet them we stumbled across the Bishops Lamphey Palace. Having been in St Davids the week previous, we had visited the Bishops Palace there...More

Thank Lisa M
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