Walking Tours

Winchester Palace

Southwark, London, SE1 9DA
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    London Bridge

Winchester Palace was one of the largest and most important buildings in medieval London. Winchester Palace is a Grade II listed building and was used as a townhouse for the powerful Bishops of Winchester. It was a grand and important medieval building although only a few walls of the original structure remain. The palace was built in the 12 century and stayed in use until the 17 century. The Great Hall in Winchester Palace would have been lavishly decorated, and was often used to entertain royal guests, such as King James I of Scotland (1566-1625) and Joan Beaufort (1404-1445), who held their wedding feast here in 1424.The majority of the building was destroyed in a fire in 1814 but some parts of the great hall can be seen today. The ruins were revealed in the 1980s and are owned by English heritage.

Price: Free.

Where is Winchester Palace? It is a 5 minute walk from London Bridge Station in zone 1. London Bridge serves the Jubilee, Northern lines.

What is nearby on foot? Clink Prison 1 min, Golden Hind Ship 1 min, Tower of London 17 mins, St Katharine Docks 24 mins, Tower Bridge 17 mins, The Shard 7 mins.

Did you know? The Bishops of Winchester owned most of the land in Bankside and licensed the area’s brothels, the prostitutes were known as Winchester Geese.