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Westgate Museum

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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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Free admission, donations welcome

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Westgate Museum is a seasonal venue.

Please check the Hampshire Cultural Trust website for up-to-date opening times prior to your visit.

March opening

Monday to Friday – Closed

Saturday to Sunday – 10am-4.30pm

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