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Tours of the Westgate

  • The Westgate Museum High Street Winchester, England, SO23 9AP United Kingdom (map)

The Westgate Museum, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AP

Join us in this exclusive tour to explore Westgate’s magnificent architecture and life as a defensive gateway, a debtor’s prison, an archive store, and pub entertainment room, before it became a museum. You will learn about receiving King Rufus body at the WG in 1100, explore the prisoners graffiti carved on the walls and floors, marvel at the fine painted ceiling commemorating the marriage of Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain, find out about the gruesome set of gibbeting irons reputedly used to display the executed body of Jack the Painter, look out from the medieval stained glass and explore the famous Winchester weights and measures collection.

The tours include an external and internal description of the history and architecture of the Westgate.

  • Saturday 21 September: Tours at 1100, 1300 and 1500

Box offices open 7th August for everyone, and in mid July for our supporters mailing list.


We regret this Grade-1 listed building is not wheelchair accessible due to its age, and there is a steep staircase from the street entrance.  Guide dogs are permitted and there is a hearing loop. For those with visual impairments there is a 'touch and hear' information point. There is no toilet in The Westgate.

Max 25 people per tour/session. Approximately 40minutes There is a steep staircase from street entrance, please wear suitable footwear.