Bishops Waltham Palace is a free site which is run by English Heritage and located in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. 

English Heritage state on their site

In the Middle Ages Bishop’s Waltham Palace was one of the finest residences of the Bishops of Winchester, who were among the richest churchmen in Europe. First built by Henry of Blois in the 12th century, the complex was remodelled and extended in the 14th and 15th centuries, becoming a palace capable of housing the king and his court on a number of occasions, as well as the bishop and his household. The palace was badly damaged in the Civil War (1642–9) and subsequently abandoned. Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham, one of Britain’s most distinguished naval commanders of modern times, lived here after the Second World War.

So it’s a perfect little spot to stop off for a stomp around with and without the children. The ground has people having picnics, walking the dog, sitting peacefully and then our kids place hide and seek! 

The buildings are brilliant for a game of hide and seek!

Bishops Waltham Palace is pretty ruin with quite a few of the insides wall down but quite a few main outside walls still standing. 

They are made with flint and stone and considering some of the buildings are over 700years old, it’s not done to bad! 

There is a small car park on site and also a small museum which is open on selected dates. Check the website for opening times throughout the year. 

Bishops Waltham village is a very cute little village with small high street shops and independent shop. Including Sweet Corner which is a very cute little sweet shop that he kids love! 

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  1. I can see why the kids love the sweet shop. It looks like a great place to visit. We don’t have English Heritage passes but as the little ones get older I think its something we will invest in. Since there are so many different places that we would like to visit. x

    • I love the sweet shop too!!! English Heritage have some lovely places to visit don’t they

  2. I love exploring places like this and it’s in Hampshire too – what a bonus; I’ll have to try and visit. I have Waverley Abbey Ruins on my door step and it’s a lovely place to take the kids but also to go on your own and relax a bit.

  3. My son would just love to explore there. He’d be playing a Knight hunting for a dragon. Despite being a ruin it looks like a nice place for a one exploring with kids!

  4. It always surprises me how much fun children can have in the simplest of places, I agree it looks like a great place to play hide and seek!

    • Yes they loved hide and seek here and spent ages playing it together. Was so nice to see that

  5. This looks like a great day out no do love a good explore. We have nothing like this near us, but would love to visit similar when my children are bigger x

  6. We love visiting here and love even more that it’s a free site to visit. The nearby village and sweet shop are lush

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