Lamphey Bishop's Palace

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Lamphey Bishop's Palace

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace

  • Lamphey Bishop's Palace

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace

  • Lamphey Bishop's Palace

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace

  • Lamphey Bishop's Palace

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace

  • Lamphey Bishop's Palace

    Lamphey Bishop's Palace

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 Davids 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.

Opening times

Dates
1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017

Times
Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Free entry during this period
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
  • For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'

Admission costs

Adult - Am Ddim/Free
Family - Am Ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am Ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Prices valid until March 2017

Facilities and information

Car park Dogs welcome No smoking
  • LampheyBishopsPalace@wales.gsi.gov.uk    
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

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Directions

Postcode SA71 5NT

Car Road A4139 from Pembroke or Tenby.

Rail Rail Lamphey 600m/660yards, Swansea-Carmarthen/ Tenby/ Pembroke Dock route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.