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Address: College Street, Winchester SO23 9NB, England
Phone Number: 44 1962 854766

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More Palace than Castle

This castle was the former palace of the local Bishop. They are free to enter and fun to wander around in. There are signs explaining the different areas, but no explanation as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We wandered around Wolvesey Castle at our leisure on a beautiful spring day and while it truly is in ruins it was still possible to imagine how grand it once must have been when Queen Mary Tudor and her husband Phillip of Spain enjoyed their wedding breakfast here in July 1554. Within a stone's throw of modern day Winchester's High... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This castle was the former palace of the local Bishop. They are free to enter and fun to wander around in. There are signs explaining the different areas, but no explanation as to why they are ruins (Civil War in the late 1600s, per Wikipedia). It was great fun to visit after seeing the magnificence of the Cathedral...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A true highlight of the Winchester Self Guided Walking Tour. The ruins are spectacular and with the help of the information boards you can almost picture what it was like.... Very tranquil and a special place in this lovely town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We pretty much had the place to ourselves. We wandered around the ruins and tried to imagine what life must have been like way back when. A lovely start to our day in Winchester.

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Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We ended up here by accident, by following the path opposite the City Mill along the stream. Interesting ruins, with information boards telling us about the history and showing what it looked like before it was destroyed. The picnic tables came in handy for a rest and a little 'picnic' of water and biscuits.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The old ruins of Wolvesey castle are not easy to find but are located behind the Cathedral and near the famous college. They are an interesting find and information boards explain all about the Castle and its imprtance to Winchester. A nice walk along the river leads you back into the city, well worth a visit if time allows

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you have time the walk to Wolvesey Castle is certainly worth it. As you stand in the middle of the grounds you can feel the history all around you. It is so easy to picture the castle fully restored and imagine yourself there. Also if you're lucky there are plenty of hedgehogs knocking around too!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

There are a lot of the remains of the buildings still visible above ground and it is easy to walk about and there is informative signage. It gives you a good idea of the wealth and importance of the Winchester Bishops of that time.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

These ruins aren't always open. They are located behind an unassuming gate next to the impressive residence of the bishop of Winchester's just at the end of College street on the left hand side. Entrance is free, and on a sunny day there is a great picnic spot within the ruins with a few tables to sit on. Not many... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Also known as the Old Bishop's Palace - this is situated on the edge of the city walls and makes a good walk along the river back to the city mill and King Alfred's statue. It is free to walk around and worth a visit. I was also the location of the wedding breakfast of Queen Mary and Philip II... More 

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