Winchester Palace

Winchester Palace, London

Winchester Palace
3.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • London Bridge • 6 min walk
  • Cannon St • 7 min walk
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WorldwideRover007
United States2,777 contributions
There isnt much too see other than a quick glance. There is a plaque explaining the ruins and history. No place to sit and admire. All in all, finished in under 5 minutes.
Written 25 April 2022
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Michellechampers
England, UK1,476 contributions
Couples
Not much is left of Winchester Palace, so keep your eyes open it situated on Clink street opposite the replica tea clipper Golden Hind. A 12th-century palace built by the Bishop of Winchester in the London Borough of Southwark and mostly destroyed by fire in 1814. Remains of walls from the 14th century, with a rose window, are all that is visible now, so you have to use your imagination, I am Led to believe it was hidden for years behind old work house walls until it was re discovered in the 19th century and carefully excavated until 1980 when it was finally put on show to the public, it’s visible from the street so there is no admission fee.
Written 15 July 2021
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Scarlet Cavallo
Atlanta, GA272 contributions
Family
If you enjoy architectural details this is a place worth visiting but you need to ad more activities to this trip to make it worth it, take a walk around the river and stop at the Borough market for a nice meal and a hot wine to keep yourself warm and happy.
Written 15 March 2020
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Cambridge Guru
Cambridge, UK882 contributions
I chanced on the palace remains as I enjoyed the SouthBank walk on New Years Day. There isn't much to see and the interpretation board is wordy and worthy.
But if you enjoy seeing the remains of the 12th century bishops palace for free, this might be for you (or you can see older more intact buildings elsewhere in London instead.
Written 2 January 2020
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Micklah
United Kingdom411 contributions
Solo
It's a nice but curious monument to what was medieval Winchester Palace as all that is left is a couple of walls and part of what I presume was a crypt. Now surrounded by hideous modern buildings you can be forgiven for passing it at a second glance.
Written 19 December 2019
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Mindy1001
Walsall, UK367 contributions
Couples
Walked around here to see various sites but this site is very special in contrast to the modern surroundings. Pretty brick/ stone work window. Incredible it’s lasted so long!!
Written 6 October 2019
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Steve T
Preston, UK19,926 contributions
We just happened to be passing this spot and had no idea that this ruin was here let alone that it had been a palace in a previous life.

Though it housed but a bishop in the days of such the clergy were powerful individuals and so a historic landmark of note. It's good that this ruin has at least been preserved for posterity and is yet another interesting adjunct to the ever popular Thames path stroll.
Written 18 September 2019
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Alessandro-Pietro
Magdeburg, Germany2,045 contributions
Family
We were on our way on the southern riverbed walk when we happened to come across the remains of the former palace of the Archbishop of Wincester, a famous power house in the middle ages. Above all you can see a well preserved wall with ornaments and the foundations. On the display board the history of this palace and its rediscovery is described in details.
Written 16 September 2019
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Thomas N.R. Johnson
Stockholm, Sweden613 contributions
Winchester Palace was something that I had previously completely missed on my visits to London, but since having restored the entire southern riverbed and made a very pleasant and friendly walk, this is one of the new and much appreciated sights that tourists have found. A bit of very exciting and fascinating history, although the building itself is not so much to see - most of it is long gone and only a few brick remains and a gable with a beautiful rosette window are left. But feel free to stay for a while in the middle of the walk and soak up the wings of history!
Written 8 September 2019
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michellecarrier
Coventry, UK163 contributions
Family
We located this whilst being lost. It was interesting to talk to the boys about conservation, renovation and incorporating old and new buildings.
Written 30 May 2019
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