Set in glorious Hampshire countryside, Bishop’s Waltham is
attractive, historic and has much to offer the visitor. The town lies
in the north of the Hamble Valley, and it is here that the river itself
rises from various sources.
A palace was founded here in 1136 by Bishop Henri de Blois, grandson
of William the Conqueror, and for centuries, Bishop’s Waltham Palace
was an important residence of the powerful Winchester bishops. Here
Henry V prepared for the Battle of Agincourt and Queen Mary I waited
for King Philip to arrive from Spain for their wedding. Under
Cromwell’s orders, the palace was destroyed in 1644, but the extensive
remains can still be explored. It is now managed by English Heritage
and is open all year.
With town and country walks, including a section of the medieval
Pilgrims’ Trail, good pub food and excellent restaurants, Bishop’s
Waltham is perfect for a day out, or as a touring base for a longer
Bishop’s Waltham is located on
the scenic country route between Winchester and Portsmouth and is
close to Marwell Wildlife.
The perfect antidote to out of town shopping, Bishop’s Waltham
boasts traditional and specialist shops. Here you will find craft shops
and galleries, gifts and china, interior design, furnishings, ladies’
fashions, shoes and lingerie, books, wine, a renowned fishmonger,
butcher, a baker and a candle maker!
The town also boasts a Norman church, and many 17th and 18th century
buildings which host a range of traditional and specialist shops. The
recent restoration of Waltham Chase Mill featured in a popular BBC