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Wolvesey Castle

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Address: Wolvesey Castle College Street, Winchester SO23 9NB, England
Phone Number: +44 1962 854766
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Extensive but ruinous remains

Wolvesey Castle if the old bishops palace. The castle is very ruinous but still worth a visit and its free of charge to enter.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wolvesey Castle if the old bishops palace. The castle is very ruinous but still worth a visit and its free of charge to enter.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An original portion of the castle was built around 1100 by the Bishop of Winchester, and the castle remained occupied by Bishops until the 1680's. Considering it's age and the centuries before preservation efforts were commenced it is incredible how much does remain. It was pleasant and interesting to wander about and note various details, assisted by informational signs for... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's old. It's quite big. It's near the city centre. Other than that, there's not much to write about. Maybe it's worth a quick wander around it you are in the city and have nothing to do. But don't make this a 'must do' stop.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really good and interesting place to visit, could not believe it in the heart of the city. Worth taking the time to read all the info on the boards as we nearly missed part of the castle. Beautiful gardens and good weather made it a great place to visit

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Thank spellman777
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another enjoyable place to visit..get your cameras ready or even your picnic sets..a wonderful relaxing place to chill out..what more can I say....a very ancient old place!!!

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Thank tinker1967
Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My wife and I were expecting to see a few ruins and little else, but we were pleasantly surprised! The remains of Wolvesey Castle are extensive and history boards around the site provide the story from when it was built by Henry de Blois, Bishop of Winchester. We thought it would take less than an hour to look around, but... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A short, signposted walk from the cathedral. All in ruins, but plenty of information. Owned by English Heritage, but free entry. Why do I pay to be a member..?

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We found Wolvesey Castle whilst following one of the Winchester ‘City Walks’ available from the tourist information centre (A Tour of Alfred’s Winchester), the site is owned by English Heritage. The site is quite extensive and free to enter and wander around the ruins of what was once a fortified residence of a Bishop of Winchester capable of withstanding a... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Substantial walls and towers remain in this historic hidden surprise. Accessed down a narrow strip of land along side the more modern, elegant replacement Bishops residence (no public access) you are assaulted by brutal masonry and deep shadows from skeletal walls. It is not far from the lower end of the high street but easy to miss. Access can be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Interesting place hidden from the High Street of Winchester. It's free so you can enjoy it as many times you want. You can read the history of the palace of the powerful bishops of Winchester.

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