Medieval Bishop’s Palace.
850 c: Burghred, King of Mercia granted the land to the Bishop of Worcester.
1237 An unfortified manor stood on the site.
1255 c: Built. Used as a Bishop’s Palace by Bishop Walter de Cantilupe, a supporter of Simon de Montfort. The moat was added.
1268 Licence to crenellate granted to Bishop Godfrey Gifford.
1282 Edward I stayed and gathered men-at-arms to help fight a Welsh revolt.
1390 c: Bishop Wakefield built the Great Hall.
1450 Bishop Carpenter built a gatehouse with a drawbridge, but not on the site of the current one.
1476 Rebuilt by Bishop Carpenter.
1540-1546 Itinerary of John Leland: Normal use.
16th-17th C The principle residence of the Bishops of Worcester.
1642 Garrisoned by Col. William Sandys for Charles I. He had 120 foot soldiers and 20 horse.
1642-1651 A mint was set up in the grounds.
1644 Commissioners for Array fled from Ombersley to the castle.
1646 16th May: Surrendered to Col. Thomas Morgan for Parliament, without a shot being fired.
1646 Dismantled by Col. Morgan, under orders of Parliament.
1647 Sold to Thomas Westrowe for £3,133 6s 8d.
1675 Rebuilding work begun by Bishop Fleetwood.
1649-1685 c; Rebuilt.
1700 Bishop Lloyd lived at the castle.
1717 The southern part of the moat was filled in by Bishop Hough, who also built the stables and coach house and improved the gardens.
1745 Bishop Maddox remodeled the chapel at a cost of £1,200. The work was undertaken by Henry Keene, Surveyor of Westminster Abbey.
1759 The saloon was refurbished by Bishop Johnson and the eastern ground floor windows were Gothicized.
1781 Bishop Hurd remodeled Bishop Carpenter’s gatehouse.
1782 Bishop Hurd built a library over the Long Gallery.
1788 2nd August: George III visited along with Queen Charlotte.
18th C Gothicized. Built on the site of the earlier castle after the Restoration.
1846 Became the only residence of the Bishops of Worcester.
1905 A college of clergy were housed in the stable block.
1960-1969 Bishops Palace.
1964 The County Museum took over the North wing.
1966 Worcestershire County Museum opened its doors to the public.
1980 Elizabeth II visited the castle.