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Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

College St, Winchester SO23 9NB, UK

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About Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

Wolvesey Castle was an extensive keep and bailey castle built about 1100 on a site in use during the Anglo-Saxon period.  The first building on the site, an eyot in the River Itchen known as Wulveseye or Wulf's island, was constructed around 970 by Æthelwold of Winchester, the Bishop of Winchester from 963 to 984, as his official residence or palace.

Attractions near Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

Winchester Cathedral0.27km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

Winchester Cathedral is a medieval Anglican church in Winchester, Hampshire.  once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, this magnificent Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon royalty, bishops and Jane Austen, the much-loved English.  The cathedral has the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. By contrast, the interior height of the nave vault at 78 feet is about half that of Beauvais Cathedral in France.

National Trust - Winchester City Mill0.28km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

Winchester City Mill is one of the oldest working watermills in the country, with over a thousand years of milling history behind it. Its history goes back over a thousands of years and in the Domesday survey of 1086 a Mill was recorded to be in its exact location. The building you see today was rebuilt and extended in the late 13 Century and again by its tenant James Cooke in 1743.

Winchester City Museum0.46km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum0.8km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

The Royal Green Jackets Museum is located in Winchester, Hampshire showcasing an outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, medals and much more. It tells the history of three famous Regiments, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps and The Rifle Brigade that came together in 1966 to form The Royal Green Jackets.

The Gurkha Museum0.8km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

The Gurkha Museum located in Peninsula Barracks in Winchester will takes you on a journey through Gurkha history, beginning with their origins in Nepal and the moment in 1815 when Gurkhas were first enlisted to fight for Britain. Besides tableaux, dioramas, showcases and panels, it has visual and voice descriptions of the history of Gurkha Regiments, recruiting of soldiers in Nepal as well as the culture of the Gurkha in his homeland.

St. Catherine's Hill1.42km from Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

St Catherine's Hill is a remnant of traditional downland, once widespread along the South Downs, but now rare. This 58 hectare flower-rich chalk grassland nature reserve is home to some stunning wild flowers, and over 25 different species of butterflies including the marbled white, chalkhill blue and brown argus. The top of the hill is ringed by the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. It is one of the iconic attractions in this area.

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