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Winchester Castle is probably one of those attractions that characterizes the city of Winchester. Reminiscent of the medieval past of England, this building was founded in 1067. Although most of it is in ruins, you can still see its Great Hall that stands well preserved. This hall also houses a museum that showcases the history of Winchester and its evolution. This hall was an addition contributed by Henry III between 1222-1235. Here, you can see its structure made up of flint with stone dressings; and a roof with dormer windows. Of special mention is an imitation of Arthurian Round Table for which people especially visit this castle. The table was originally constructed in the 13th century, and repainted in its present form for Henry VIII. Around the edge of the table, you can read the names of King Arthur's knights. Other highlights are:
- A re-creation of a medieval garden called Queen Eleanor's Garden.
- A series of pictorial epigrams illuminated in medieval monastic style known as The Winchester Panels hang in the Great Hall.
- Since 1889 Winchester Castle has been the seat of Hampshire County Council whose offices neighbor the Great Hall.
- The excavated remains of the round tower with Sally ports and Guardrobes in the medieval city wall.
Do visit this castle for a historic experience.
Winchester Castle Travel Tips
- Donations are accepted for the running of Great Hall.
- Entry is free.
- For other day closures refer the website.
How to Reach Winchester Castle
- By Train: Winchester Station
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95% of people who visit Winchester include Winchester Castle in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
69.47% of people start their Winchester Castle visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Winchester Castle
89.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Winchester Castle
Winchester Castle Reviews & Ratings
Amazing place with a long history. Ancient seat of Government, castle remains nearby dating back to the Normans. The round table inside is also very old and was the inspiration of the writers who made Arthurian legend famous again. Well worth a visit.
Just off the main high street. Entry cost £3 for an adult. Some good information boards. Sir Walter Raleigh was held here and sentenced to death. Many Plantagenet Kings held court here too. Half an hour to an hour is all you need.
This place was fascinating, so much to learn. The table is supposedly the round table of Arthurian legend. But it’s not really. Interesting to learn about how the ancient monarchs tried to piggy back off the Arthur story to add to their own legacy. Lovely wee garden out the side too.
Fabulous. To see not only the legendary round table but also so much more including the origins of the fort in Winchester and the development into becoming the seat of Kings and the capital of England. This is all described in just enough detail to keep it interesting, not boring. There is the small restored garden with it"s topiary and the "Long Gallery"with much more background information. There is also a shop and toilets. Concession pricing. Opens at 10.00am.
While the historical significance was a lot to take in, the site itself can be a bit underwhelming. It literally is just a giant hall. However the details are what make it interesting, especially the dates on one wall and the round table on the other.
Is there a cafe or restaurant at Winchester Castle?Answer Report Abuse
There isn't any cafe or restaurant inside the castle premises but the neighborhoods have lots of places to eat. Some of them are Zizzi Winchester, The Stable, Forte Kitchen, and Tanoshii Fusion.Report Abuse