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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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A great historic find

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Larkfield
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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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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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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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This hall is well worth visiting if you are in Winchester. The hall itself is superb and the table and statue of Queen Victoria are particularly interesting. The history of the building is very well explained on boards and in the gallery.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Visited on a Saturday morning. Such a beautiful building. The table was great to see. Great way to spend an hour in Winchester

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winchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Entered from the rear via Queen Eleanor's Garden. Great to see the Round Table and also the Queen Vic statue.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Nice place to spend 2-3 hours discovering history of this little town. Located at walking distance from almost any point in town.

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