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Welsh: Llandyfái

Bishop's Palace ruins
Lamphey is located in Pembrokeshire
 Lamphey shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 843 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Pembroke
Postcode district SA71 5
Dialling code 01646
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
List of places

Lamphey (Welsh: Llandyfái) is a village near the south coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, two miles east of Pembroke and two miles from the seaside village of Freshwater East.


  • History 1
  • Amenities 2
  • Governance 3
  • Transport 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Lamphey is a small village with an estimated population of 250 to 300 people, a short distance from the historic town of Pembroke, the birthplace of Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.

The village includes an historic parish church and a palace known as 'Bishops Palace' due to its use by the Bishops of St David's. The palace, established in the 13th century, included fishponds, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and sweeping parklands and with suitable accommodation had become a favourite residence of the Bishops by the early 14th century. The building was mainly the work of Henry de Gower, Bishop of St David's from 1328 to 1347, who was also largely responsible for the bishop's palace alongside St David's Cathedral.

In the fast-disappearing Pembrokeshire dialect, Lamphey was pronounced "Lam-fa" rather than the more usual "Lam-fey".


Lamphey Court Hotel

The village has one pub, two hotels and restaurants, a primary school, service station, hair studio, playing fields, a village hall (completed in 2007), and a local bakery which has served the community for generations. The Lantern Grill, a small restaurant, was refurbished in 2007 and is now known as 'The Lantern'.

The grade II* listed Lamphey Court Hotel was formerly a Georgian mansion built in 1823 close by the ruins of the bishop's palace. It was the seat of the Mathias family until sold in 1978 by Wing Commander Lewis Mathias, High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1965. [2]


An electoral ward in the same name exits. This ward includes Cosheston. The total ward population taken at the 2011 Census was 1,671.[3]


Lamphey railway station is on the Pembroke Dock to Swansea line.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Three Pembrokeshire villages". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

External links

  • All About Lamphey local information
  • Village Times local newspaper
  • Photos of Lamphey and surrounding area on
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