Lamphey Bishop's Palace
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
It was left to the Norman bishops, however, especially Bishop de Gower, to turn Lamphey into an grand country palace, suitable for a medieval bishop. The Norman bishops added ranges of buildings including a great hall - the centre of communal life in the palace - plus the Old Hall and West Hall.
After the Reformation Lamphey passed through several sets of private owners and was eventually purchased by the Earl of Essex. After Essex fell from grace in the reign of Elizabeth I the palace was allowed to decay until it became a romantic ruin. How romantic? Well, the headless spectre of the unfortunate Earl is said to haunt the ruins. Other ghostly sightings include a group of singing nuns, which, if you have to see spirits, sounds fairly innocuous!
The major historic features on the site include the outer wall, still standing to its full height in most places, the striking central bell tower, a chapel, and several smaller halls and ranges of domestic rooms. The palace is a fascinating glimpse into the private lifestyle of powerful medieval churchmen.
About Lamphey Bishop's Palace
Address: Lamphey, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA71 5NT
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Just north of Lamphey (A4139) on a minor road
Website: Lamphey Bishop's Palace
Phone: 01646 672224
OS: SN018 009
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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