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“Great photo opportunities”

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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great photo opportunities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

It's all a series of ruined buildings, and it's hard to imagine what the rooms looked like in their heyday, but the site is great for photography and I would recommend it. It's easy to reach by car and another picnic place!

Visited June 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Tranquility beside the B2177”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

There's not a lot there, but it oozes history and lifts the spirit in the sunshine. The site is quieter when the farmhouse museum is closed, but then that is itself interesting. A number of picnic tables amongst the long grass and under the trees make it an ideal spot to while away a summers afternoon and think of your own elegy. It's a place for the right mood.

There are no facilities but the town (large village) is just across the road, and is worthy of a visit.

English Heritage free site, standard hours. The farmhouse museum is run by volunteers at summer weekends.

Visited June 2014
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“historic palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

great place for a picnic whilst you learn about history. On a warm day this Is a fine old ruin to wander around and take in the atmosphere,
I wouldn't t choose to actually live here now.

Visited May 2014
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Impressive ruins in peaceful surroundings”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,277 reviews
741 attraction reviews
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“More Information Please”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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