The Great Hall, The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ
Explore the timeline of Winchester Castle and admire its medieval hall. Meet heroes and villains of its past, from Kings and Queens to judges and executioners and join in the family fun with dressing up and children’s activities.
The Great Hall is delighted to welcome visitors for Heritage Open Days to discover the fascinating history of this former castle site & law court. The finest surviving medieval aisled hall of the 13th century, it once formed part of the magnificent Winchester castle which was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. In 1222 Henry III, with his love of architecture, began the construction of one of the earliest Gothic styled medieval halls.
Dominating the Great Hall is the iconic Round Table, famously linked to the ancient legends of King Arthur and his Knights. Uncover its unique role and the influence it had on kings throughout history. From historians to poets, its mystique has captivated people’s imaginations for centuries.
Relax in a recreated medieval garden named after the Queens Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile and surround yourself by scented herbs and plants that were abundant in the 13th century.
Visiting with the family? Pose in our amazing costumes of characters from the Castle’s past, from an escaping Bishop, a gallant knight or a splendidly dressed King and Queen. Take up a challenge & try one of our children’s trails or colour in your very own stained glass window. Fun for everyone!
There are also workshops for children, talks & an 'Extraordinary Women' exhibition. Please see separate entries for more information.
● Thursday 13 September: 1000-1630
● Friday 14 September: 1000-1630
● Saturday 15 September: 1000-1600
● Sunday 16 September: 1000-1630
No booking required.
Allow up to 1hour for visit, and longer if you are combining your visit with one of the tours, talks and/or workshops. The Great Hall is hosting a number of 'Extraordinary Women' events as part of this year's Heritage Open Days, including a specially curated exhibition, workshops for children and talks. Please see the separate entries for more information and how to book your place(s) on the workshops and talks. The exhibition is free to visit at the same time The Great Hall is open.
From the High Street head towards the Westgate archway and turn left up the cobbled Castle Avenue towards The Great Hall.