The Great Hall with Westgate Museum


Type:Historic Site

The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Tel: 01962 869864

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The Great Hall with Westgate Museum


Built by William the Conqueror, Winchester Castle was the seat of power of medieval monarchs. The Great Hall, one of the finest medieval halls in England, and the Westgate, which served as the castle’s primary defence, are now the sole survivors of this once magnificent historical site.

The Great Hall
Where legend and history meet
Discover age-old stories of heritage, myth and lore, uncover the hall's battle scars and immerse yourself in the history of ancient secrets at Winchester's Great Hall.

Take in the impressive, majestic surroundings and historic architecture, watched over by the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend, which takes pride of place within the hall.

From its life as a royal residence, to a defensive stronghold, a courtroom and now a thriving tourist destination, discover the place where history was made, and heritage is felt.

Westgate Museum

A medieval gateway to Winchester.

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

A debtors’ prison for 150 years, this beautifully refurbished, ancient scheduled 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 commissioned by 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.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices



  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Attraction Facilities

  • Groups Accepted -

Children & Infants

  • Children’s packs
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities - Please contact us for more information
  • Event Venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Open all year round - We are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We are otherwise open.
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Some languages available
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Winchester public parking

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction - There are gardens at The Great Hall, and rooftop access at Westgate

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Road Directions

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  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Gold Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Gold 2023

Opening Times

2024 (2 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayOpen

* Occasionally closed for civic events

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