Westgate Museum
Westgate Museum
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located at the top of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester, Westgate Museum is housed inside a surviving fortified medieval city gateway. The museum tells the story of this remarkable building, and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers great rooftop city views. A debtors’ prison for 150 years, this beautifully refurbished listed monument is the last of the main medieval gates into the city. Today, Westgate Museum’s displays include a famous collection of pre-imperial weights and measures and a fine painted ceiling made for Winchester College in anticipation of a visit by Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain on the occasion of their marriage in Winchester in 1554. There are plenty of hands-on activities to enjoy during your visit. Try on a replica coat of armour and Tudor costumes and pose for a photograph! Make a brass rubbing to take away and have a go at the Westgate spotter trail. Throughout the year, we run a programme of family friendly activities.
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  • Biibaekie
    Romsey, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Winchester gem!
    A location that must be seen by anyone visiting Winchester! I was touring with my friend who is not local to the South around Winchester and stopped in at the museum to show some more local history, we both had a great time whilst visiting. We were the only visitors at the time so took our time looking at all the items and details of the place and even went up onto the roof which I don't remember from my last visit! The ceilings and walls have so much history and it's a fascinating place to gain some insight into how Winchester would have been back then. The staff were friendly and let us just wander around quietly before we left to visit another museum. I will definitely visit again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little museum
    We visited here with a combined ticket for the Great Hall and City Museum too. The Westgate is quite small but it's interesting to walk around the outside first to see it's original defensive role as one of the city gates. The lady in the ticket office was lovely and very helpful and the museum has, for its size, a lot of exhibits and information including activities for kids. We probably spent about half an hour inside the building and the rooftop viewing area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2024
  • BirminghamUKVisitor
    Birmingham, United Kingdom247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely interesting
    The Westgate was used, among other things, as a debtor's prison and houses some fascinating artefacts. The lady at the desk was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed this visit which I combined with the Great Hall at a reduced price booking the two attractions together online. The "graffiti" carved into the stone by the inmates was fascinating.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Dorsetbean
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small museum packed with interesting exhibits and well-labelled
    A lovely little museum, with some interesting exhibits and plenty of information to read. As a history buff I spent a good hour reading everything. The terrace upstairs on the roof is pleasant enough - you just get a view of the High Street and the Law Courts but not much else. I was rather hoping to find refreshments up there but sadly there were none! Note that the entrance to the Museum is not obvious, especially if you are heading down the High Street as I was, from the train station. You need to go through the arch beside the main road then turn right and immediately right again where there is an ancient door and some steps to climb to enter the Museum entrance. Could be better sign-posted. The Great Hall (with King Arthur's Round Table) is part of your visit and this is 2 minute walk from the Westgate Museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2024
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Dorsetbean
Bournemouth, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
A lovely little museum, with some interesting exhibits and plenty of information to read. As a history buff I spent a good hour reading everything. The terrace upstairs on the roof is pleasant enough - you just get a view of the High Street and the Law Courts but not much else. I was rather hoping to find refreshments up there but sadly there were none! Note that the entrance to the Museum is not obvious, especially if you are heading down the High Street as I was, from the train station. You need to go through the arch beside the main road then turn right and immediately right again where there is an ancient door and some steps to climb to enter the Museum entrance. Could be better sign-posted. The Great Hall (with King Arthur's Round Table) is part of your visit and this is 2 minute walk from the Westgate Museum.
Written 21 May 2024
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BirminghamUKVisitor
Birmingham, UK247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Westgate was used, among other things, as a debtor's prison and houses some fascinating artefacts. The lady at the desk was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed this visit which I combined with the Great Hall at a reduced price booking the two attractions together online. The "graffiti" carved into the stone by the inmates was fascinating.
Written 14 May 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We visited here with a combined ticket for the Great Hall and City Museum too. The Westgate is quite small but it's interesting to walk around the outside first to see it's original defensive role as one of the city gates.
The lady in the ticket office was lovely and very helpful and the museum has, for its size, a lot of exhibits and information including activities for kids. We probably spent about half an hour inside the building and the rooftop viewing area.
Written 15 April 2024
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This museum is located in the ancient gateway to Winchester.
It is a very small museum, but still worth visiting.
If you climb up to the roof, there is a great view towards the centre of Winchester.
A good visit.
Written 15 September 2023
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Biibaekie
Romsey, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A location that must be seen by anyone visiting Winchester! I was touring with my friend who is not local to the South around Winchester and stopped in at the museum to show some more local history, we both had a great time whilst visiting. We were the only visitors at the time so took our time looking at all the items and details of the place and even went up onto the roof which I don't remember from my last visit! The ceilings and walls have so much history and it's a fascinating place to gain some insight into how Winchester would have been back then.
The staff were friendly and let us just wander around quietly before we left to visit another museum. I will definitely visit again.
Written 31 August 2023
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Keith N
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
£4.50 per adult to visit one room of artifacts and the roof. Very limited views off the roof due to surrounding buildings and safety barriers. Disappointing artifact display but some fun clothes and costumes to try on and photograph.
Written 21 August 2023
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Gabsy S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The Westgate Museum is a perfect way to spend time exploring the history of Winchester. The Museum is unique in the sense that its building is very much an artefact in itself, being a surviving gate to the city. Its changing role throughout history is also interesting to see inside, for instance prisoner’s graffiti can be seen dating back hundreds of years. On top of the fascinating artefacts within the building such as the gibbet, the rooftop panoramic view of the city is well-worth seeing and is a fantastic photo opportunity.

I would personally recommend getting the joint ticket to see the Westgate Museum as well as the City Museum.
Written 15 June 2023
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Thank you so much for your review, so glad you enjoyed your visit 😁 Although the Westgate is small, it is full of wonderful artefacts and the building is history in its self, hopefully we will see you soon 🙂
Written 16 July 2023
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curlykate1976
Forest Row, UK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Review from Oct 2021. Small but interesting museum with great view from tower. Staff helpful, we got the joint ticket with the city museum, so £8 each, don’t mind paying as we are supporting the museums and city in this strange times. Good visit and good COVID precautions in place.
Written 9 April 2023
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Thank you so much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the museum and felt safe visiting us, we hope you will visit us again in the future 🙂
Written 16 July 2023
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Linda R
Salisbury, UK631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Amazing views from window and you can climb the stairs to go on the roof which is a bonus.
It is so amazing at how much they have packed in this small room, but it is so full of history and excellent descriptions.
I was amazed at how much they packed in for the child to do, including dressing up in armour. Also a quiz where you got a small prize.
An excellent little gift shop, but one poor cold person at the front desk as there is no proper heating.
Mind you I should imagine it is great in the summer when we are having a heatwave!
Written 21 February 2023
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Thank you so much for your review! So glad you enjoyed the museum and our family friendly activities, I hope we will welcome you back soon 😁
Written 16 July 2023
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Orpington Sylvia
Orpington, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Westgate is well worth a look (note: there are stairs up to the museum). They have done well to pack a lot of interesting stuff for adults & children into such a small space. The climb to the roof is worth it
Written 14 October 2022
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Thank you so much for your review! So glad you enjoyed the museum and our family friendly activities, I hope we will welcome you back soon 😁
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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