Set in glorious Hampshire countryside, Bishop's Waltham is an attractive and historic small town.
A palace was founded here in 1136 by Bishop Henri de Blois, brother of King Stephen. For centuries, Bishop's Waltham Palace was an important residence of the powerful Winchester bishops and hosted many Royal visitors. 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.
The town dates from the middle ages too, although many lovely 17th and 18th century buildings can also seen - some of them housing the traditional and specialist shops for which the town is renowned.
Bishop's Waltham is located on the scenic country route between Winchester and Portsmouth and is close to Marwell Zoo and Hedge End.
Winner of "Southern England in Bloom 1998" in the "Small Town" and "Best Kept Village" categories
Competition judges were particularly impressed by the splendid floral displays in Bishop's Waltham, at Red Lion and St George's Squares and the displays of nearly 400 floral tubs and hanging baskets around the town centre, many of which are sponsored by local companies and individuals.
Places to Visit
Bishop's Waltham is perfect for a day out - or as a touring base for a longer stay.
Bishop's Waltham Palace (English Heritage) -Explore the extensive remains of the former grand residence of the bishops of Winchester, including the ruins of the Great Hall. Open Late March - End of October, 10am-6pm (or dusk).
Tel: 01489 892460
St Peter's Church - Attractive parish church of Norman origin with later additions. Approached via St Peter's Street, one of the country's prettiest streets, lined with Georgian houses.
Waltham Chase Mill - As seen on BBC TV, unique Victorian twin pitch back watermill, now restored and milling. Open: Two Sundays each month.
Parking when mill open only.
Tel: 01489 891849
Northbrook Springs Vineyard - Award winning English vineyard with shop and wine tasting. Open: Weekends. At other times, please call in - if we are in, we are open. Visitors parking available.
Tel: 01489 892920
The Moors Nature Reserve - Between the town and Waltham Chase Mill. See the Sand Boils where a source of the River Hamble rises through sand, as though the sand were boiling.
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, antique pine, ladies fashions, shoes and lingerie, books, wine, renowned fishmonger, butcher and baker and a candle maker.
Bishop's Waltham Festival
Annually, second week in June. Art and music festival featuring orchestral, choral and jazz music, folk concerts, drama and art exhibitions. Traditional carnival and fete.
Travelling to Bishops Waltham
By Road: Located on the scenic country route (B2177/B3335) between Portsmouth and Winchester, 11 miles from Winchester, 4.5 miles from Winchester, 4.5 miles from Marwell Zoo. A334/B3035 from Hedge End, 5.5 miles.
By Bus: Regular bus service, Stagecoach Hampshire Bus No69 between Winchester, Bishop's Waltham, Fareham & Portsmouth. Tel: 01256 464501.
Solent Blue Line Bus No52 between Southampton, Bishop's Waltham, Meon Valley & Petersfield. Telephone: 023 8022 6235
Parking: Available on-street or in pay & display car parks at Basingwell Street (short stay) and Lower Lane (long stay).