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“Impressive ruins in peaceful surroundings”

Bishop's Waltham Palace
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Owner description: Visitors can see the remains of this grand medieval residence dating from the 12th and 14th centuries, which includes the Great Hall, a three-story tower and a moat that once encircled the palace and grounds.
Hastings, United Kingdom
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“Impressive ruins in peaceful surroundings”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

We visited the Palace one morning in early May.

Situated just outside the small town, it has a free car park and no entry fees - at least when we were there. We had a pleasant walk around the buildings surrounded by trees and wild flowers.

Built in 1136 by Bishop Henri of Blois, brother of King Stephen, it was enlarged c. 1367 and remained the residence of the Bishops of Winchester until Cromwell ordered its destruction .

Notices have been placed at various points, but they could be more informative. Still it is possible to identify various buildings: the kitchens, the great hall, the tower, the church, bedchambers, etc. The place provides a reminder of the wealth and power of the Church in old times.

Before leaving Bishop's Waltham, take a stroll around the town which has charming old houses. The church dedicated to St Stephen is also worth a look. Surrounded by a mature churchyard, it has a rough Norman font and a 1626 pulpit.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“More Information Please”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Not far from Portsmouth and looking for a drive into the country on a Spring Day we travelled to the picturesque village of Bishop's Waltham and also called to see the Palace Ruins. An interesting site with a reasonable amount of the structure remaining. Whilst we enjoyed a stroll around the Towers and remaining Stonework we did find it rather frustrating that there is no detailed information available relating to the history of the Palace. There are a few basic signs naming the buildings so clearly much is known, and there is a museum which opens weekends only in the summer months, but storyboards please.

Visited April 2014
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Stoke, United Kingdom
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“wander at leisure”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

pick a nice sunny day, take a picnic and enjoy like the locals do.
only a few old ruins but really peaceful and enjoyable to wander and step over the historic footings

Visited September 2013
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Thank Beryl S
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

A real hidden treasure, so serene,
no one else around for the hours we were there,
lovely place to visit for all the family,
to walk, explore or picnic.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Sue S
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southern england
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“Pretty Palace ruins in lovely location”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Being a local it is somewhere I have always taken for granted, This summer though I decided to pop in for a walk around with my toddler. The grounds are open during the day and it is free to enter, there is a carpark there and a short walk across a little wooden bridge and you are in wonderful surroundings. There is a quaint little museum which was very interesting. Showing the history of the palace.
There are picnic benches and large grounds to walk around , or run free like my little one did !!
It is well worth a visit and I have been several times since.

Visited August 2013
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Thank moboo
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