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Wolvesey Castle

Address: College Street, Winchester SO23 9NB, England
Phone Number: 44 1962 854766
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Ranked #13 of 60 things to do in Winchester
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It was greatly enlarged when Henry of Blois was Bishop. Large walls remain and are very thick, since it was a fortified during the time of The Anarchy. There was an older Bishops Palace here from 980AD, parts of the foundation remain. Part of the Old Bishops Palace has been incorporated into the existing Bishops Palace, which was built in... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Been living in Winchester for 3 years and never knew this existed. Sun was shining and illuminated the beauty and hardship that went into building this castle. Signs are informative and its FREE! Although their isn't much left you can imagine how grand the castle used to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Great, ancient castle foundations in walking distance from historic Winchester College & the Cathedral. Definitely go down to the Watermeadows afterwards for a beautiful walk.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

You can find Wolvesey Castle at the end of a short path opposite Winchester College on College Street, to the right of the Bishop's Palace. Although it is a ruin, it is quite extensive and the information panels are very informative. The Castle (really a Bishop's Palace) is well worth a visit, especially as it is free.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I arranged a photography day for friends of Winchester and everyone enjoyed walking about the grounds and the architecture - also we took in Winchester College and Wickham Arms and arches :)

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