Even by the standards of the powerful medieval Bishops of Winchester, Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire was a grand residence. Much remains of the 12th and 14th century buildings, which were begun by Bishop Henry of Blois, brother of King Stephen. Set within attractive grounds, they include the impressive three-storey tower and the fine windows of the great hall built by William of Wykeham, bishop from 1367 and founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford.
The palace's lodging range later became a farmhouse and its ground floor now houses the Bishop's Waltham Town Museum.
Read more about the history of Bishop's Waltham Palace.
Before You Go
Access: Parts of the site may be uneven and can become muddy in wet weather.
Parking: There is an English Heritage managed car park on site.
Opening Times: Between April and September the grounds are open from 10am-6pm daily. During the summer the Farmhouse Museum is open on at the weekend from 2-4pm. From October to March the grounds are open at the weekend from 10am-4pm. View details.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not pack a picnic for an abbey exploration day and take in nearby Titchfield Abbey, Southwick Priory and Netley Abbey? Or visit nearby Portchester Castle with its long and exciting history. You can enjoy a picnic in the grounds, or on the shore of the Solent and make sure to browse the gift shop.
The Bishops of Winchester owned a number of palaces throughout the country. Wolvesey Castle is just eight miles from Waltham Palace. A bit further afield you can also find Farnham Castle and Winchester Palace, Southwark.