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Dating back to the 14th Century the Archbishop’s Palace has a rich history.
The Archbishop’s Palace and Sensory Gardens are an exciting new visitor attraction in Southwell. The main Palace, parts of which can be seen in the gardens, was built in the 1360s and altered in the 1500s. Although the Archbishop’s Palace was restored in the Edwardian era, it retains its original proportions with the beams of the magnificent vaulted ceiling of the State Chamber being mostly medieval originals.
The most famous occupant was the all-powerful Cardinal Wolsey. It was in this room of the Palace that Cardinal Wolsey would have held his last frantic meetings in 1530 to try and extricate himself from his failure to secure Henry VIII a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
Equally, the nature of the room’s function makes it a reasonable supposition that Charles Ӏ would have met his advisers here and, following his capture in Southwell, his arrest was formalised here. Certainly, the Palace is his first place of final imprisonment.
With such a rich heritage, the State Chamber is perfect for events – wedding receptions, exhibitions, conferences, social gatherings, community events etc. Access is via a lift, and newly installed kitchens allows for a much expanded list of potential users.
Flexible Interpretation within the State Chamber engages and informs visitors. The gardens outside provide an excellent educational resource for visitors and school groups alike with regular events and activities.
The Archbishop’s Palace and Sensory Gardens are open daily, 9am - 5pm. It is advisable to check opening times before setting off on your journey as the venue may be used for chargeable events or private hire.
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