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The Great Hall, Winchester

4.3
#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Winchester
Founded in 1067, The Great Hall remains a testament to almost a millennia of history. The castle houses one of the finest surviving medieval halls, where a replica of King Arthur's famous round table sits. King Henry III--born in the castle--added the great hall between 1222 and 1235, which stands as the only remaining interior part of the castle after Oliver Cromwell's destruction. Take advantage of the exhibition corridor behind the gift shop to learn more of the history of the castle. Stroll around Queen Eleanor's garden featuring plants with symbolic meaning in medieval times. The castle is accessible by train at Winchester station, a ten-minute walk, or by the Tower Street car park, a five-minute walk. Admission is free, but the castle trust gladly accepts donations on entry. Add The Great Hall and other attractions to your Winchester trip itinerary using our Winchester trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Very important building and the only part of Winchester castle that remains. There are some striking artefacts but you won't spend a huge amount of time here. There is one of Winchester's iconic items...  more »
  • Well worth a visit , spectacular building . Lots of well presented historical information. Really loved Queen Eleanor’s garden . Very reasonable £2.50 entrance fee (seniors)  more »
  • The great hall is a medieval gem worth visiting because It dates back to the 13th century and contains the round table and a long gallery displaying excellent works of art. This attraction is what’s l...  more »
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  • The fabled great hall. Great place for a little bit of history with family. Won't take long to go around, but the game garden is certainly a nice spot to sit and relax on a bench in (weather permitting if course)
  • I have been to Winchester countless times but this was my first visit here! Run by Btitish Heritage you have to pay to enter, inside is a replica of the round table a statue of Queen Victoria and some very modern gates that separate the great hall from the law courts. Outside is a small garden with loads on to the military museum.
  • King Arthur's great hall is a treat to the eyes. Each and every corner of the hall has history attached to it. It is a must visit for people interested in history and to know more about the great king arthur
  • A mere £3 to go in and see this wonderful piece of history. We walked in, looked up and went "Wow!". Plenty of information to read and you can take your own photos.
  • The Hall is very well preserved, especially due to the constant renovation it undergoes. Definitely the highlight was seeing the round table, which is however quite a bit too high and there is nothing portraying it in the vicinity that is big enough. The costume rack is pretty cool. Got quite a few silly pics.
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