Once the home of Henry VIII, this beautiful eight acre moated site of the medieval manor and Tudor palace of Woking, is set picturesquely by the River Wey. Woking Palace was not only a palace, but also in effect the manor house of the old Royal Manor of Woking.
The site was frequently visited by Henry VII on his accession to the throne, and by his son Henry VIII, who extended and enlarged the Palace between 1515 and 1543. The royal residence at Woking Palace consisted of a great hall and a double moat, and was used by royalty during the Tudor period. By the reign of Charles I, the palace appears to have been abandoned and virtually ruined and the Park was turned over to farming. This new phase gave rise to the building of farmhouses in the Park or the conversion of existing buildings to such use.
Event details: Children's activities and a special visit by Byfleet Boat Club on the Sunday bringing ‘Henry VIII’ to the site.
Date: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September
Time: 11am to 5pm, last guided tour at 4pm
Address: Carters Lane, Old Woking (no parking available on site).
Directions: One mile east of Old Woking Village, along Carters Lane. Access by foot or cycle - follow signs from village car park. Free long-stay parking available in Old Woking in larger car park at junction of A247 and B382 (nearest postcode for parking: GU22 9JN).
Facilities: Toilets available.
Accessibility: Disabled visitors should email email@example.com or phone 07722 299026 for more information.