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The Great Hall and the Round Table

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Address: Castle Ave, Winchester SO23 8PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1962 846476
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Description: The Great Hall is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls of the...
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. Our knowledgeable custodians offer guided tours to unlock the historical journey of the Great Hall and Winchester castle, from William the Conqueror to the present day.
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Wonderful Medieval Building

This is a stunning medieval building, built originally in the thirteenth century for Henry III, and later refashioned. What you see now is a spacious flint-built hall with tall... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a stunning medieval building, built originally in the thirteenth century for Henry III, and later refashioned. What you see now is a spacious flint-built hall with tall slender pillars early English windows and a 19th century wooden beamed roof. The Round Table is fun, too; painted as it is now for Henry VIII. The gardens behind the hall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Step into the Great Hall and you will feel like you have stepped back in time with its stone walls and round table. We did not have enough time to see everything but I would say give yourself plenty of time to visit, fascinating history to absorb and nice gift shop which was not over-priced like many.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I was very excited to see the Round Table, but a little disappointed to see it in the flesh - there wasn't a huge amount of info about it in the hall, and the visit can really be done and dusted in 20 minutes. All in all, I felt underwhelmed.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The round table was built a three hundred years after semi Mythical Arthur reported using. But nonetheless, the Tudors came along and Henry VIII had it painted and labelled for each of the knights in Arthur's court. What is amazing is that it hasn't changed since. The hall itself has seen some memorable trials and is still connected with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The round table was really impressive, I didn't realise there was 24 knights of the round table. The guides were very informative, to visit the Great Hall it is free admission but suggested donation is £3.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This was the seat of the early Kings of England before the Court was moved to London. Fascinating and a must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Rather a disappointment. It's ostensibly free but they do have someone just inside the door to make you feel that your lack of the suggested donation of £3 per person will be noticed. I think we'd've liked it more without the birds' best thing hanging from the ceiling & the paper-tag art on the floor. Neither fitted with the sense... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Brilliant to experience the great hall again and read all. The helpful information boards about the history. The gardens are beautiful too. Unfortunately the giant bird's nest and scaffolding spoilt the ambiance for me this visit. It is incongruous to the feel of the great hall, but that is just my opinion.

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Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is an historic building that houses a round table, several commemorative pieces and a small shop. The Great Hall has detailed stained glass windows that depict various shields - quite beautiful. A straightforward attraction that provides plenty of written historical information.

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Uxbidge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is a big barn like hall with a huge round table on one wall. There is no charge but a box for contributions. A small corridor to one side has more information on the history of the building and people associated with it. Clean toilets and a well stocked gift shop.

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