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.
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.
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).
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.
July, August, September
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Seasonal opening at times throughout the rest of the year. Please check their website for further details.
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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