About God’s House Tower
Visit God’s House Tower, the historic gateway to Southampton’s Old Town.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating past and inspiring present of God’s House Tower. God’s House Tower (GHT) is a truly unique arts and heritage venue with a fascinating and colourful past, located at the entrance to Southampton’s historic Old Town.
GHT as we now know it, was constructed over several hundred years and has held many different uses over that time, including a period as one of the country’s most dismal jails. The oldest part of the building – originally known as God’s House Gate – was built in 1189 and named due to its proximity to the nearby God’s House Hospital. The original gate was built to give access to the Platform Quay and was used to guard the town from attack by sea.
Today’s visitors to GHT can explore our popular ‘Stories Behind the Stones’ heritage exhibition, where each floor of the Tower takes you on a journey through time. Discover centuries of history retold with immersive installations, fascinating displays and capped off with stunning rooftop views across Southampton Water.
This major refurbishment of one of Southampton’s most iconic historic buildings also features two galleries exhibiting exciting contemporary art, a local history community library, as well as our welcoming cafe bar and courtyard – the perfect spot for morning coffee, lunch, or a snack within our medieval walls. Unique artworks and high quality prints created by local artists are available to buy in our shop.
Open Friday to Sunday all year round (closed at Christmas). Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 4pm
*Please check for seasonal and events opening hours.
Free entry to main building and galleries
£5 adult entry to Stories Behind the Stones heritage exhibition and rooftop.
Under 16s free with a paying adult