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The Great Hall

Mysteries & Mayhem
Mysteries & Mayhem
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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.

The Great Hall
Where legend and history meet

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.

Take in the impressive, majestic surroundings and historic architecture, watched over by the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend, which takes pride of place within the hall.

From its life as a royal residence, to a defensive stronghold, a courtroom and now a thriving tourist destination, discover the place where history was made, and heritage is felt.

Westgate Museum
A medieval gateway to Winchester

Located at the top of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester, Westgate Museum is housed inside a surviving, fortified medieval gateway. The museum tells the story of this 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. 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.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy during your visit. Try on a replica coat of armour and Tudor costumes and pose for a photograph! Make a brass rubbing to take away and have a go at the Westgate spotter trail. Throughout the year, we run a programme of fun, family-friendly events and activities.

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  • Disabled parking (prior arrangement required)
  • Ramp access to The Great Hall and Queen Eleanor’s Garden
  • Accessible toilets
  • Lift
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome
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The Great Hall is currently open every day between 10am – 5pm all year (last entry 4.30pm), however due to private and civic functions the hall can occasionally be closed to visitors.

Guided tours available upon request. Group booking advised.

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A ticket offers 12 months access to both The Great Hall and Westgate Museum

Please see website for ticket prices.

For Group bookings click here.

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Tower Street car park is a 5 minute walk from The Great Hall.

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

Public Transport

Train: The Great Hall is a 10 minute walk from Winchester Station.

Coach: There are two Coach set-down points at either end of the city. The drop off point at Sussex Street is a 5 minute walk from The Great Hall. Waiting is limited to 20 minutes. There is a coach park for longer stays at Worthy Lane. The parking charge is £6 per coach per day, or part thereof. The Winchester Parking Office can be contacted via 01962 848346 if prior arrangement is required.

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