Winchester City Museum
Winchester City Museum
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
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo‑Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • David Titley
    Lichfield, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous fun exploration of the millenia!
    A place easy to miss on your way from the cathedral into town. I was made very welcome and all my questions were answered. A traditional museum telling the story of the city with a real sense of the pride its citizens feel towards the place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Shelley S
    Bristol, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent small local museum
    Small Museum, but has extensive Roman finds on the whole of the top floor. (Roman finds: mosaic flooring; hypocaust/flue tiles; wall paintings; household objects. Ground floor has info/a few display cases on local retail & model of Winchester. Next floor has Anglo-Saxon & Mediaeval exhibits. V small gift shop but with q a few books. Friendly staff
    We are so pleased you liked our Roman floor! We are very proud of the variety of objects that we have on display. Thank you for sharing the photos of them!
    Written 16 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Nickym26
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa experience
    We visited the museum as part of our Santa experience at the Westgate museum. I don’t normally write reviews but I just wanted to say how lovely and friendly all the staff and volunteers were. They were all so helpful and lovely with the children with the arts and crafts and the trail. Thank you for a lovely experience
    We are very happy to hear that you had such a good experience at our Father Christmas's Grotto! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the trail and arts and crafts, we regularly have different trails and activities throughout the year, so please do come along and visit us again! :)
    Written 16 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 December 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous city museum
    We visited here as part of a group ticket with the Westgate Museum and Great Hall. The Museum has 3 floors, each covering a different time period - roughly the Iron Age/Roman city, the anglo Saxon and Medieval city and finally the Industrial Revolution city. There was lots to see and read on each floor and plenty of activities for kids too. We spent nearly 2 hours here so there's plenty to keep you busy. The staff were lovely as well, very welcoming.
    We're so happy to hear that you had a good time here at City Museum! We have plenty more events and activities planned over the next few months so we look forward to welcoming you back with your annual ticket! Thank you :)
    Written 16 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Wingfield73
    Chiang Mai, Thailand1,013 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see
    There are so many things to see in the ancient city - once the capital of England. In fact one of the first historic monuments as you enter the city is a statue of King Alfred (yes, he of the burnt cakes.) The buildings and other sights are clearly labelled - and everything seems either 800 or a thousand years old. Inside the great hall you can see King Arthur's round table, and the surroundings are no less impressive - the nearby North Gate and the nearby castle. Going down the hill with the North Gate behind you is the cathedral with plenty more see in its surroundings, including the city wall, the river and the historic Winchester College for the wealthy. Winchester is in fact an expensive and wealthy city (BMWs seem to lurk at every corner). However you can get a reasonably priced meal at the old town gaol where Witherspoon's has installed itself on the ground floor.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
  • permia
    63,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous on Venta Belgarum
    In a lovely building a fabulous account of a long and fascinating history of the settlement and city is given. Over a few floors multitudes of artefacts are displayed, from the Iron Age, across Roman times and onwards to Victorian years. Venta Belgarum as it was called by the Romans was founded around 70 CE. Mosaics, lovely glass, everyday items and food containers reflect life under these Empire occupiers. Anglo-Saxon burials are fascinating and archaeological discoveries have yielded many treasures and insights. It was common to bury with high status persons numerous items such as swords and axes. They give a picture of how people lived in those times after the Romans departed and before the Norman arrivals. Tobacco products sales were big business in Victorian and later years. A terrific tobacconist shop-front show what was on offer. Including Three Nuns pipe tobacco, first blended in Glasgow more than a century ago and still available today. Other retails reproduced are a fishmonger, pharmacy and a taxidermist.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Ladyofcampfires
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but interesting
    We recently spend in a day in Winchester whilst on holiday at a nearby lodge park and decided to visit the city museum on a whim whilst walking past. The museum is spread over three floors but is fairly small. Entrance was, I believe, about £8 each to get into so a fairly cheap visit which occupied us for a few hours. There's a huge model town of Winchester on the ground floor which interactive videos giving information about famous local residents, landmarks and how the city has changed over the years which I found really interesting. There were some exhibits on Alfred the Great and the royalty of Wessex, various old coins and artefacts from the period and even some board games from the period. There's dress up boxes on each floor for kids and it was a generally an informative visit. A good introduction to the city if you've not been before.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2024
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Jacquelene B
Bournemouth, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Medium sized museum near the cathedral with free entry but suggested £3 donation. I had the place to myself and spent quite a long time. A large number of Roman mosaics and artefacts well displayed in modern displays. Only two quibbles - the labels were far too small to read easily and the staff/ volunteers did not seem to show any interest.
Written 20 January 2020
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,813 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Located in the square adjacent to Winchester cathedral is the City Museum surrounded by cafe's and bars which is a vibrant setting.
The museum is not large and is set over 3 floors, best to start on the top floor which is the Roman period, the middle floor is the anglo-saxon & Norman period and the ground floor is the current day, with a huge model of current day Winchester.
It used to be free but post covid there is a charge to get in, it is well worth a visit if you enjoy British history.
Written 3 August 2022
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Winchester Museum is a small building and all three of its floors are filled with interesting memorabilia from history. Centrally located in the heart of the city just a mere three-minute walk from the Cathedral.
It was Established in 1847 as the Hampshire Museum, to help save for posterity various collections of local history, in 1851 it was transferred to the custody of the Winchester Town Council, under which it operates today.
Winchester was once England’s ancient capital till it was invaded by the French in 1066. So, the museum has lots of exhibits from the early Iron Age, to the glory of Roman and Anglo‑Saxon times.
King Alfred the Great, and one of England’s romantic period novelists Jane Austen are well represented in the museum. For the younger travelers, we found that there was lots of hands-on stuff to do and interesting things to see. We loved the souvenir area and spent a lot of time there buying gifts for those friends hard to please.

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Written 13 February 2022
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK2,205 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Quite significantly smaller than I thought it would be. Subdivided into 3 eras , the Roman town (Venta Belgarum), also the Saxon and medieval (Wintanceaster ) the more recent times of Winchester. It would be fair to say that all three parts are very interesting, but the exhibits seem to be limited by the size of the property. What is displayed is well listed and significant.
One of the really annoying parts is the admission policy; one ticket lasts for 12 months, but it is possible to combine admission to this museum, and also the Westgate - which it currently open on 2 days a week....Would it not be a good idea to have a season ticket for all Hampshire Civic Trust properties, also valid for a year ?
Written 17 March 2023
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Thank you for your feedback. We will take your feedback on the ticketing options onboard. Please visit again soon! 😊
Written 1 June 2023
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Dax
London, UK28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I went yesterday as I am interested in history. Having watched "The Last Kingdom" I was keen to learn more about King Alfred. The top floor is about the Romans which was OK, the 2nd floor was about the Anglo Saxons. There was one exhibit about the Normans. The ground floor is basically one large model of old Winchester, a gft shop and very random other exhibits....different tobacco pouches?!

The whole thing seemed incoherent, not very well explained. Some activities for young children, dressing up, colouring etc which might be nice.

No way this was worth the £20 odd we spent as a family of 4
Written 23 August 2022
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Thank you for your feedback. We’re very sorry to hear that you were disappointed. We usually suggest starting on the top floor and working your way down, going clockwise around each floor to get the most out of your visit. The second floor is arranged thematically so the Norman artefacts are distributed across multiple cases. The ground floor exhibits are all related to Winchester’s history, with the tobacco shopfront having been a much-loved feature of Winchester’s High Street for over 100 years. All of our tickets are annual passes, we would be more than happy to show you around if you decide to visit us again.
Written 1 June 2023
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,013 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There are so many things to see in the ancient city - once the capital of England. In fact one of the first historic monuments as you enter the city is a statue of King Alfred (yes, he of the burnt cakes.) The buildings and other sights are clearly labelled - and everything seems either 800 or a thousand years old.
Inside the great hall you can see King Arthur's round table, and the surroundings are no less impressive - the nearby North Gate and the nearby castle. Going down the hill with the North Gate behind you is the cathedral with plenty more see in its surroundings, including the city wall, the river and the historic Winchester College for the wealthy. Winchester is in fact an expensive and wealthy city (BMWs seem to lurk at every corner). However you can get a reasonably priced meal at the old town gaol where Witherspoon's has installed itself on the ground floor.
Written 30 May 2024
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Lucy T
Isle of Wight, UK1,331 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had the museum to ourselves but on arrival it felt quite over the top with all the personal details I was being asked - I was assuming it was for the year return pass but this wasn’t explained to us. The museum itself felt quite random and nothing really added up. There was dressing up which we had fun with and we liked the model of Winchester but we wouldn’t go back. We’ve been to other city museums for free which are much better.
Written 9 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback. We apologise that the reason for taking your details was not explained to you, this should have been made clear when you purchased your tickets. Like you thought, it is so that we can find you on the system if you lose the paper copy of your annual ticket. It should also have been explained at the front desk that it is best to work through the museum from the top floor down, as this means you view the displays chronologically. Again, we sincerely apologise if this was not the case. If you come back again do let us know, we would be more than happy to organise a personal tour of the museum to help you get the most out of your visit.
Written 3 June 2023
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tregarth01
Maidstone, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Visited this small, but quite interesting museum recently. The highlight is undoubtedly the large scale model of historic Winchester with accompanying helpful and informative commentary. There are also some other interesting exhibits referencing Roman and Medieval history and culture, not all of which reflected very well on the People of the period.
Some of the Roman artifacts are really quite beautiful and i was not the only one who thought so. When i visited there was a very talented young woman producing some really first rate stilllifes.
Note your ticket can be reused and can be upgraded into a joint ticket with the charming Westgate Museum
Written 9 October 2022
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Russell
Southampton, UK214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Fantastic museum, with some amazing artefacts spread over three floors. I was amazed by some of the things on show. The museum looks at Winchester’s history from hill fort to Victorian city, and there are some incredible items that have been found in and around Winchester over the years. I loved the Roman and Anglo-Saxon stuff.
Written 26 September 2022
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Ladyofcampfires
Aylesbury, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We recently spend in a day in Winchester whilst on holiday at a nearby lodge park and decided to visit the city museum on a whim whilst walking past. The museum is spread over three floors but is fairly small. Entrance was, I believe, about £8 each to get into so a fairly cheap visit which occupied us for a few hours.

There's a huge model town of Winchester on the ground floor which interactive videos giving information about famous local residents, landmarks and how the city has changed over the years which I found really interesting.

There were some exhibits on Alfred the Great and the royalty of Wessex, various old coins and artefacts from the period and even some board games from the period. There's dress up boxes on each floor for kids and it was a generally an informative visit. A good introduction to the city if you've not been before.
Written 21 June 2024
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