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Westgate Museum

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Please visit their website for further information and to pre-book tickets.

Located at the top of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester, Westgate Museum is housed inside a surviving fortified medieval city gateway. The museum tells the story of this remarkable building, and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers great rooftop city views.

A debtors’ prison for 150 years, this beautifully refurbished listed 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 made for 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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We regret this Grade-1 listed building is not wheelchair accessible due to its age, and there is a steep staircase from the street entrance.

Guide dogs are permitted and there is a hearing loop. For those with visual impairments there is a ‘touch and hear’ information point.

There is no toilet in the Westgate.

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Pay once, visit all year.

With your ticket you can return to Westgate Museum as many times as you like for a whole year (excludes some special events which may have an extra charge).

Adult £3

Child (5 – 15 years) £1.50

Under 5s Free

Concession (Age 60+ or with a valid student ID) £2.50

Family ticket (up to 5 people, max 2 adults) £8.50

Joint tickets with Winchester City Museum are also available – please visit the Hampshire Cultural Trust website to find out more.

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February half term – July

The Westgate will re-open from the 19 February 2022.

It will be open every day 10am – 4pm between 19 – 27 February.

The Museum will then be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the 4 March 2022. (10am -4pm).


July, August, September

Monday – Saturday, 10am -5pm

Sunday, 11 -5pm


November – February half term: Closed

Please check the Hampshire Cultural Trust website for full opening hours.

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