900 Years of Living History

Standing on its hill for nearly 900 years, Farnham Castle is one of the few remaining great medieval houses of England. Historical associations, almost continuous occupancy and careful preservation make the complex of buildings a significant and interesting survivor from the past. The powerful and wealthy Bishops of Winchester built Farnham Castle. For hundreds of years it served as an administrative centre, fortress and accommodation, providing a convenient stopping place between London and Winchester. After 1660, the Palace became the Bishop’s principal residence. Many English monarchs, from King John to Queen Victoria have visited or stayed at Farnham Castle.

Guided Tours of the Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace is open for fascinating historic guided tours on Wednesday afternoons (from 2pm to 4pm, with the last tour starting at 3:30pm). You can reserve your space by calling 01252 721194.

Occasionally it may not be possible to operate tours of the Bishop’s Palace so to avoid disappointment, please check the website for updates or call in advance

Visiting the Keep

The Keep is open most weekdays (except over Christmas and New Year) from 9am to 5pm (or dusk, if earlier). The Keep is also open 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It is always advisable to contact Farnham Castle before travelling, as opening days can vary, and admission may be weather dependent. Last entry is half an hour before closing.

For more information on opening dates and times call us on 01252 721194.

Discover more about the fascinating history of Farnham Castle with our free downloadable guide.