Farnham Castle, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0AG
Open Thursday afternoon for guided tours (about 1½ hours) of the Bishops Palace and grounds. Booking not required for tours.
From its prominent position on Castle Hill, Farnham Castle has overlooked the town of Farnham for nearly 900 years, and from the 12th to the 20th centuries it was a home and power base of successive Bishops of Winchester. The 12th century Norman Keep and impressive Bishops Palace, set in elegant grounds, tell the story of the castle’s hundreds of years of almost continuous occupancy.
In the 1950s when the castle was no longer needed by the Church Commission it was in danger of being abandoned and left as a romantic ruin. Fortunately, after intervention by the Farnham Society, it was let on a full repairing lease to the International Conference and Briefing Centre which gradually restored the buildings and used them until 2012. Farnham Castle Intercultural Training continues to operate its global business from the Bishops Palace and recently the castle has undergone a successful transformation into a thriving Events, Conference and Wedding venue, while the Norman Keep remains open to the public daily.
This event took place in September 2016 and the entry is now archived.
The Farnham Society & Farnham Town Council
Date last modified: 31st July 2016 at 13:51