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878 AD: Step into Anglo-Saxon Winchester

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Address: Upper Floor, The Brooks Shopping Centre, Winchester SO23 8QY
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The year is 878. The future of the Kingdom of Wessex hangs in the balance. The fate of the people of Winchester depends on the victory – or defeat – of their king, Alfred, as he faces the mighty Viking Guthrum at the Battle of Edington.

An immersive experience for all the family, discover early medieval Wessex and the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon Winchester in this exciting exploration of the city and its history. This two part Anglo-Saxon adventure is brought to life by the spectacular world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla © and its educational experience, Discovery Tour: Viking Age – fun for all ages!

  • Discover the stories of Winchester’s Anglo-Saxon people with interactive, live performances. Prepare for battle as you enjoy captivating live theatre from our Anglo-Saxon soldier and shield-maker, who ready their weapons from inside the safety of the city walls, to our healer who will tell you all about ancient healing practices – from leeches to charms! Take part in a shield wall and even decide the outcome of an Anglo-Saxon street trial!
  • Have a go at interactive activities and games for all ages, from digital quizzes to Anglo-Saxon board game, taefl.
  • Collect a free children’s trail – the people of Winchester have hidden away their most precious objects. Each object bears a special rune. Find the runes and uncover their hidden meanings to solve Aethelflaed’s riddle!
  • Learn about the city’s rich history with our impressive collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts. From gaming pieces made of bone to iron prisoner restraints, our fascinating collection of historic objects offer a valuable insight into the very real lives of people of the past. What might your day have looked like 1100 years ago?
  • View the spectacular Winchester reliquary – the only known object of its kind to have been found in England. There’s no story quite like it!

“Brilliant experience, especially for families. A great way to explore and celebrate the unique history of Winchester.” Michael S, Google Reviews

  • Explore the lost buildings of Anglo-Saxon Winchester with 878 AD: Winchester Revealed, our astonishing augmented reality app – fun for all the family
  • Defend the city walls with augmented reality archery, brew Anglo-Saxon remedies and cures to help heal ailments, craft your own virtual pot and even create a virtual shield!
  • Collect map fragments at landmarks around the city centre that reveal Alfred’s lasting legacy.

Enjoyable and educational for all the family, begin your Anglo-Saxon adventure today. #878AD

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By car: Winchester is accessible via major road routes including the M3, A34 and A31.

Parking: Winchester Park & Ride has multiple parking sites across the city, with a stop just a short walking distance to the venue. Find out more at Winchester City Council’s website. Parking is available in The Brooks Shopping Centre’s car park and at car parks throughout the city. Please note that The Brooks Shopping Centre car park is open until 6:30pm Monday – Saturday and 5:30pm on Sundays.

By train: Winchester is on the South West main line, with regular, direct trains to and from London Waterloo and major cities across the South and Midlands. It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the railway station to The Brooks Shopping Centre. Buses run regularly from the railway station to the city centre.

By bus: Winchester is served by bus services from Stagecoach, Bluestar and National Express. The nearest stop to The Brooks Shopping Centre is Siverhill Road, alternatively, the main bus station is a short walk away

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Please see website for ticket prices.

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Term time:
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Monday – Wednesday: Schools and educational groups, by appointment only.

School holidays:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm Please note last entry to 878 AD is 4pm.

Once downloaded, 878 AD: Winchester Revealed can be accessed at your own pace and at any time but please note it is best enjoyed during daylight hours.

Closed Boxing Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.

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The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs – 878 AD is on one floor which is accessible via The Brooks’ lifts.

Assistance dogs are welcome within our venue.

Please note that 878 AD contains multi-sensory elements, including sounds, dimmed lighting and flashing imagery.

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