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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Details

Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was the retreat of choice for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State.

Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was the retreat of choice for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State. The medieval bishops of St Davids were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status. Lamphey did not disappoint. A palace fit for a queen…or at least the occasional bishop.

What we see today is mainly the work of the dynamic Henry de Gower, the bishop of St David's from 1328 to 1347. Thanks to his vision, elegant Lamphey became the ‘away from it all’ palace for high-ranking members of the clergy keen to play at being country gentlemen.

Bishop Gower’s great hall, 82 feet (25m) long, is a particularly fine architectural achievement and its sheer grandeur would have impressed even the most privileged of bishops. Equally well-preserved and detailed in their architecture are the western hall and inner gatehouse.

Lamphey’s gilded existence came to an abrupt end during the reign of King Henry VIII when many Church estates fell into the hands of the Crown.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)On-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. The visitor centre is closed. Please enter via side gate.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Lamphey,
Pembrokeshire,
SA71 5NT

Location

Directions

Plan route to Lamphey Bishop's Palace (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 018009  Lat: 51.67226 Long: -4.86737

Turn off the A4139 Pembroke to Tenby road where signed for Lamphey Palace and continue on this lane; Palace on right, limited parking on left.
Bus 600m/660yards, route No 349/359, Tenby-Lamphey/ Pembroke/ Haverfordwest.
Bike NCN Route No.4 (200m/220 yards).

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Lamphey station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired