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Lamphey Bishop's Palace
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Very interesting but we seemed to miss opening hours every time. Surrounding landscape lovely. Local pub has superb food and accommadating staff and proprieters.

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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This is only ¼ of a mile from the village of Lamphey and Lamphey Hall Hotel, and it a nice little attraciton. It only cost a £3 or £4 per adult to get into, and although we visited on the wettest day everit was really nice to look around. It's a small ruined palace, and I couldn't imagine even on a sunny day it'd take nay more than a couple of hours to fully explore.

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Reviewed 17 September 2012

This is probably my perfect visit. An ancient building, well maintained and no one else around. This is so off the beaten track no one is even going to read this review (apart from Welsh Tourist employees who work there) BUT you're missing a treat if you enjoy C12th/C13th buildings. This is the bishop's "other" palace. (It was hard being a bishop!).
I love this sort of visit where you have a basic ruin and just have to imagine what it was like in its heyday. This is beautifully cared for building and a wonderfully investigative visit working out what each part of the building was. (No one reads the handouts do they?)
Came across it by accident really, having gone the the nearby Lamphey Hall for Sunday Lunch. Paired this visit with a lovely coffee at the nearby Lamphey Court Hotel: a bit worried they wouldn't serve me with grass clippings on my boots.
Small car park (but no visitors, so no problem!) around £3 per person. Well worth it for ancient building afficienados.
I had to ask Tripadvisor to put this page up so I could write a review, so I know no one's going to read this!!! But I hope you do and I hope you visit. It's definitely worth a detour. Change in to your posh shoes before going to the hotel, or they do a coffee on site at the Palace

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Reviewed 9 November 2016
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Reviewed 12 September 2016
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