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Lamphey Bishop's Place

Lamphey, Dyfed SA71 5JL
16 Flemish Court Lamphey Wales SA71 5PA GB

Enjoy a walk around the ruins of this medieval palace and get an insight into how life was in days gone by. Read about its history on the many information boards dotted around the site and see what it used to look like when it stood in full glory.

This palace used to be a retreat for 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. It was 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.

Opening Times:
Wednesday to Saturday only – 10:00 – 5:00pm – Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Photo Credits: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw