Wolvesey Castle

Wolvesey Castle information

Location
Winchester , England
Address
College St
Telephone
+44 2392 378291
More information
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Opening hours
10am-5pm Apr-Oct
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The fantastical, crumbling remains of early-12th-century Wolvesey Castle huddle in the protective embrace of the city's walls. Completed by Henry de Blois, it served as the Bishop of Winchester's residence throughout the medieval era, with Queen Mary I and Philip II of Spain celebrating their wedding feast here in 1554. According to legend, its name comes from a Saxon king's demand for an annual payment of 300 wolves' heads. Today the bishop lives in the (private) Wolvesey Palace next door.