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The Gurkha Museum

Winchester College
Winchester College
Address: Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TS
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The Gurkha Museum ensures the future of Gurkha heritage by celebrating, honouring and promoting the history and culture of the Gurkha soldier and their continuing service to Britain.

Located in Peninsula Barracks the museum takes you on a journey of Gurkha history, beginning in their home country of Nepal and on to the year 1815 which saw Gurkhas first enlisted. The Museum periodically lays on temporary exhibitions in their impressive gallery, with their biggest exhibition held every summer during the month of August.

Their stories cover not only the battles and campaigns but the culture and religion of this unique fighting force. We see them locked in battle with mutinous sepoys in 1857, then standing guard in India’s north west and north east frontiers before being sent half a world away to the trenches of the Western Front in 1915.

The collections on display include the Kukri, the weapon of the Gurkha Soldier, as well hundreds of medals won by brave Gurkhas over 200 years. Did you know 26 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Gurkhas? Learn the stories of some of the bravest and most formidable soldiers with a visit to the museum.

Visitors with children can benefit from exciting and eye catching Kid’s Trails and during the school holidays the museum hosts incredibly popular craft days for children free of charge.

Look out for curry tastings twice a year, normally held during the school holidays.  For those with a keen interest in furthering their knowledge of the history of the Gurkhas the museum hosts lectures and Curry Lunches five times a year.

The museum is across two floors and boasts a fantastic gift shop at the end of the tour where you can buy traditional museum gift shop items as well as items sourced from Nepal and India.

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Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Open All Year Except, Sundays and 25th, 26th December and 1st January

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Adults: £5
Concessions: £4
Children: free
Service personnel with valid military ID: free
Friends of the Museum: free

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  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift to all floors
  • Accessble toilet
  • Hearing loop available
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Follow signs for Hospital A&E into Romsey Road and turn into Peninsula Barracks. SO23 8TS

Public transport 

The Gurkha Museum is in Peninsula Barracks, next to the Great Hall. The railway station at Winchester is a 10 minute walk

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