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Westgate Museum

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In line with Government guidance, The Westgate Museum, is open to the public.

New measures have been introduced in response to COVID-19. Please check their website for further information.

Pre-booking your visit via their website is strongly advised. Please arrive at the museum at the designated time; your visit will be 30 minutes in length.


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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July, August, September

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Seasonal opening at times throughout the rest of the year. Please check their website for further details.

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The Westgate Museum has received the ‘Good to Go’ accreditation by Visit England.

‘We’re Good to Go’ is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

This business is self-certificated as “We’re Good To Go”.

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