The Great Hall with Westgate Museum

About this attraction

Visit The Great Hall with Westgate Museum, a short walk apart in Winchester. Built by William the Conqueror, Winchester Castle was the seat of power of medieval monarchs.

The Great Hall, one of the finest medieval halls in England, and the Westgate, which served as the castle’s primary defence, are now the sole survivors of this once magnificent historical site.

Discover age-old stories of heritage, myth and lore, uncover the hall’s battle scars and immerse yourself in the history of ancient secrets at Winchester’s Great Hall.

The Great Hall also houses the legendary Round Table of King Arthur, which is displayed on an end wall. While the Round Table was actually made in the 13th century, it adds to the hall’s allure and historical significance.

A debtors’ prison for 150 years, the beautifully refurbished, ancient scheduled monument is the last of the main medieval gates into the city. Today, Westgate Museum’s displays include a famous collection of pre-imperial weights and measures and a fine painted ceiling commissioned by Winchester College in anticipation of a visit by Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain on the occasion of their marriage in Winchester in 1554.

Open 10am – 5pm every day, excluding special events and some national holidays. Please check website for further details.

Why should I visit?

    • Take in the impressive, majestic surroundings and historic architecture, watched over by the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend.
    • Discover age-old stories of heritage, myth and lore, uncover the hall’s battle scars and immerse yourself in the history of ancient secrets.
    • The museum tells the story of the remarkable building and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers unrivalled views over the city from its roof.
    • A debtors’ prison for 150 years, this beautifully refurbished, ancient scheduled monument is the last of the main medieval gates into the city.

Facilities

Assistance dogs allowed
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Gift shop
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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Where to find us

Address

The Great Hall
Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Westgate Museum
High Street, Winchester, SO23 9AP

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Winchester can be easily accessed via public transport. Where possible, we encourage choosing public transport options to help reduce carbon emissions. Find out more

By car

By motorway, Winchester is located just a short drive off junctions 9, 10 and 11 of the M3. The city is also accessible via the A34 from Oxford and Newbury.

Parking

If you’re travelling to Winchester by car, there is plenty of appropriate parking to suit your needs. You can discover parking throughout the city centre on Winchester City Council’s website: https://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking 

The Great Hall: Limited parking for Blue Badge holders along Castle Avenue can be requested by prior arrangement. 

By train

Winchester has a train station located centrally within the city – all of our museums are less than 15 minutes walk away from the station. There is a taxi rank located at the station, as well as a bus stop.

By bus or park and ride

Whilst Winchester’s landmarks are quite concentrated and can be easily navigated on foot, you may prefer to utilise the public transportation connections to facilitate your journey around the city. There are a number of local bus services operating within Winchester – we recommend visiting Visit Winchester’s local travel information as a guide: www.visitwinchester.co.uk/contact/local-travel-information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids activities

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The Great Hall:

  • Take up a challenge and tackle one of the children’s trails of villains, heroes and ghosts.
  • Pose in costumes of characters from the castle’s past, from an escaping bishop, a gallant knight or a splendidly dressed king trying to impress his queen.

Westgate Museum:

  • Dress up in replica coat of armour and Tudor costumes and step back in time
  • Create a brass rubbing to take home and take part in the Westgate spotter trail.
  • A programme of fun, family-friendly events and activities runs throughout the year.

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