The Great Hall
The Great Hall
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Great Hall is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls of the 13th century and is all that remains of Winchester Castle. The Great Hall is open daily to the public offering a unique historical experience and the chance to see the greatest symbol of medieval mythology: King Arthur's Round Table. Visitors can also see Queen Eleanor's garden, a recreation of an enclosed medieval garden, providing an injection of nature. Entry charges apply, please visit our website for further details.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Philmex1
    Southampton, United Kingdom1,880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you're staying in Winchester!
    The Great Hall dates from the 13th century and is the only surviving part of Winchester Castle. The modern day 'Castle' houses Hampshire County Council. The Great Hall has a beautiful interior and a real sense of history thanks to the round table which is displayed at one end. Apparently, King Arthur as depicted on the table is supposed to be Henry VIII who had the medieval table repainted including a Tudor rose. There are some beautiful stained glass windows highlighting the coats of arms of kings, queens, bishops and members of the aristocracy. See how many monarchs you can spot - there were one or two omissions we noticed! There are tours of the Hall led by the people on the door. We found all the staff we encountered very friendly and welcoming. Have a look at the relatively modern doors at the opposite end to the table. They were made to commemorate the marriage of Charles and Diana in 1981. For younger visitors, there is a good selection of historic dressing up clothes so do take your camera! The adjoining garden is pretty especially on a sunny day. You can almost imagine figures from the past gliding along the paths. Very much worth a visit if it's the first time you're in Winchester. £4 for adults and £3 for children doesn't break the bank for an attraction and it's a good place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a while. To get there - head to the West Gate from the city centre or station and you can't miss it!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Chris K
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it
    Well worth a visit and price is good. Even the history of the place and the cost to maintain it, £4 is not much to pay. Not the biggest place on Earth but still worth every penny. For anyone complaining how "expensive it is", I'm sure they all go to get a very overpriced coffee in Costa or Starbucks. This is worth so much more than that. This is my second visit and I will be back
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Chesndave
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guided tour
    Very interesting history, make sure you have the free guided tour as the guide adds much more than the information panels. Can spend an hour here plus the guide. Very inexpensive when you look at more popular attraction which offer a lot less.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 January 2024
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved 13th century Great Hall
    This is a well preserved great hall, a remnant of the castle that was finally destroyed after the Civil War. The hall has lots of information boards and the Round Table (a 13th century creation) gives a fascinating insight into the medieval mindset. The Long Gallery gives an illustrated history of the hall, including its use as a law court until the 1970s. Queen Eleanor's Garden is just outside the hall. Staff here were excellent and we bought the combined ticket that covers the Hall, Westgate Museum and City Museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2024
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BirminghamUKVisitor
Birmingham, UK247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Hall houses the Round Table, which is amazing, but the information boards explain so much more about this fascinating place. You can smell the history in every stone. There's also a beautiful garden and high quality gift shop.
Written 14 May 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a well preserved great hall, a remnant of the castle that was finally destroyed after the Civil War. The hall has lots of information boards and the Round Table (a 13th century creation) gives a fascinating insight into the medieval mindset.
The Long Gallery gives an illustrated history of the hall, including its use as a law court until the 1970s. Queen Eleanor's Garden is just outside the hall. Staff here were excellent and we bought the combined ticket that covers the Hall, Westgate Museum and City Museum.
Written 15 April 2024
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cyrilthesquirrel
London, UK536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a must place to visit, one of the finest 13th century Medieval aisled hall, home of King Arthur's Round Table, most interesting and very well laid out and very good information boards
Written 19 February 2024
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IdahoChick
Moscow, ID163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Fascinating, well-kept historical site, well worth the visit and inexpensive to go in, compared to other historical sites. The fact that you can get a free guided tour by a local volunteer is worth the already very reasonable entrance price. We love coming here every time we visit the UK (we're based in the USA). I attended secondary school in Winchester and have visited the Great Hall many, many times, but seeing the Round Table--especially taking first-time visitors there--never gets old. There's always something new to learn, some new historical artifact I notice each time. Queen Eleanor's Garden is small, but lovely. The exhibits are thoughtfully laid out. The gallery is fascinating, and I love all the little details designed to spark kids' interest--the scavenger hunt on the information panels, the rack of medieval dressing-up clothes to borrow, the cool but affordable souvenirs in the gift shop. Great way to spend an hour. The little Westgate Museum next door is worth a peek, too.
Written 13 January 2024
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Chesndave
New Zealand35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Very interesting history, make sure you have the free guided tour as the guide adds much more than the information panels.

Can spend an hour here plus the guide. Very inexpensive when you look at more popular attraction which offer a lot less.
Written 2 January 2024
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BlindMouseGB
Isle of Wight, UK68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Visited Winchester from the Isle of Wight with my partner who lives in London. Only there overnight, and the Great Hall was top of the list of things that we wanted to see.
It was our first stop on Friday afternoon but, when we arrived, it was closed. No signs, no explanation and no warning, either outside the building, on their Facebook page or the official website which indicated it was open.
Thinking that at least we could visit in our way back on the Saturday, we saw the door was open and went in, only to be told that it was closed to visitors due to a private function. We were not even let in to take a photo of the round table.
Bitterly disappointed as this was not advertised anywhere.
With the popular Christmas Market on and the week before Christmas, I am sure that we were not the only people let down.
Really not good enough. Please update websites and social media so that people do not waste their time making an effort to visit from out of the area and leave feeling let down.
Written 16 December 2023
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Chris K
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Well worth a visit and price is good. Even the history of the place and the cost to maintain it, £4 is not much to pay. Not the biggest place on Earth but still worth every penny. For anyone complaining how "expensive it is", I'm sure they all go to get a very overpriced coffee in Costa or Starbucks. This is worth so much more than that. This is my second visit and I will be back
Written 7 December 2023
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SARA JANE B
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Fantastic visit, so interesting, if you have an hour, the guide really brought the history to life, a great start to a Winchester stay
Written 27 November 2023
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chrisb1233
Poole, UK356 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely buildings and lots of history. Amazing glass windows with all monarchs names. King Arthur’s table hangs on one wall. Just thought it was a bit expensive to get in. However worth a look.
Written 21 October 2023
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit.
At the one gable end, King Arthur's round table is hung up.
There is a lot to read up on the history of the hall and Winchester.
A good visit.
Written 15 September 2023
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