Winchester’s Military Quarter is situated in the impressive preserved Victorian barracks next to the Great Hall. There are six museums to explore, each one with stunning collections of medals, beautiful paintings, gorgeous uniforms, fascinating archive film and poignant personal souvenirs. Together they tell the story of British soldiers in peace and in war, at home and abroad, in the last 300 years.
There is something to interest all ages, and all members of the family: you can hear the stories of the Battle of Waterloo and of the Charge of the Light Brigade, experience the culture of Nepal, and discover when women first joined the Army. You can also find out how the Hampshire Tigers got their name, and what it takes to be a modern Rifleman.
The museums offer family activities at half-term and during the school holidays. In 2017 there will be exhibitions about the military in Jane Austen’s novels. The Little Kitchen Café, located in the Guardroom Museum at the entrance to the barracks, provides light lunches and afternoon teas – an ideal place to take a break in between museum visits. Whether you have only an hour to spare or all day, a trip to England’s ancient capital would not be complete without visiting Winchester’s Military Museums.
Opening times vary. Please check the Winchester's Military museums for current information.
Three of the museums - HorsePower, The Royal Green Jackets and the Gurkha Museums charge for admission. The other three are free entry.
Horse Power Museum
The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
The Gurkha Museum