The Great Hall, The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ
The Great Hall welcomes families 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, and so we are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity for children to discover more about King Arthur in the historical surroundings of Winchester Castle's Great Hall.
Our storytelling sessions (around 30minutes in duration) will be set up in our story corner inside the hall. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Saturday 21 September: Storytelling 1500.
Sunday 22 September: Storytelling 1500.
Storytelling is just one of many events we have happening at The Great Hall this year, thanks to the support of Hampshire County Council. Do explore our website to find out more about the other events.
Please note The Great Hall and Queen Eleanor’s Garden is fully wheelchair accessible. The Long Gallery and Gift Shop can be accessed via a lift with the assistance of a Great Hall custodian.