In the narrow streets, there are some good Georgian houses and small Victorian shop fronts.
St. Peter`s Church has a 15th century chancel and a tower dated 1589.
The Bishop`s Palace is an impressive moated ruin that dates back to the 12th century, when it was begun by Henry of Blois, the Bishop of Winchester who was brother of King Stephen. It is now in the care of English Heritage.
Richard I visited the Palace during the six months of his ten year reign that he spent in England. It was besieged by the Parliamentarians in 1644, and the Bishop escaped in a dung cart.
William of Wykeham died here in 1404.