Winchester CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
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.
- Donations are accepted for the running of Great Hall.
- Entry is free.
- For other day closures refer the website.
- 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
Great Hall so fantastic you have to go they, see the round table, and great things to see. Big hall gift shop to look at. Go and have a walk around must go Christmas markets. Hot food so much to see. Love Winchester
Winchester is a great city to visit. There is so much history there. The Great Hall is part of that. It's fun to take a trip back in time and learn about kings, knights and castles. There isn't a lot too see, but it is very cheap, and what's there is worth seeing. Knowledgeable staff will answer all your questions.
So great to see the knights of round table actual table which is mounted now high on wall in the Great Hall. So much history and artworks to see of times of old ruler portraits. Well worth a visit. Highly recommended.
Was here for a wedding. Nicely laid out with chairs for guests, a table for register signing and a velvet chaise for the bride and groom to sit on when not needed to stand. The only down side was the stairs to get up and down to the room. If you have guests with mobility issues, bear that in mind as a couple of the guests struggled with them. They're stone and have worn down a bit in the middle. We all made it, but it's worth considering.
There is a small ticket to pay if you want to enter but, if you do, the place is pretty nice and there is also the possibility to wear old costumes for picture in front of the Round Table. Maybe the shop should have more things about King Arthur.