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“Round Table - ? Arthurian - Nice Hall”
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The Great Hall
Ranked #3 of 71 things to do in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 at 11:00 and 15:00. Entry charges apply, please visit our website for further details.
Reviewed 1 April 2014

The hall is a fantastic building and worth a visit (there is no fixed fee, but donations are invited).

As to the table - Round Certainly, Arthurian - Certainly Not - Medieval Fantasy : Make your own mind up.

An Iconic English site - If you are in the city make sure you pay it a quick visit.

Thank Albia-Newton
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

I really liked the Round table and the wall decorated with the names of MP's representing the area over many hundreds of years. Eleanor's Garden was pretty and had a fountain, but I thought the Long Gallery area was disappointing.

Thank 88mik
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

It is some years since we last visited The Great Hall and whilst in The City for the day we were glad we decided to return. Walking in from the High Street we initially came across the steps which are opposite the Hall entrance and take you down into the lower parts of the Castle. Interesting in themselves and with useful storyboards. Moving on into the Great Hall it seemed bigger and brighter than before and we were very impressed with the Roof Structure and, of course, the Round Table that dominates. There are also further interesting exhibits including The Queen Victoria Statue, The Elizabeth the Second Plaque and the Memorial Gates. Although not in high season, Queen Eleanor's garden adjacent to the Hall has much to enjoy and finally we came across the recently opened Long Gallery which has a fascinating exhibition that brings various areas relating to the history of the Hall to life. If you have not been before or are looking to make a renewed visit then there is much to recommend. All this with free entrance and the benefit of some excellent toilet facilities.

1  Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Love stumbling across this place.
Firstly went around the garden - compact and beautiful with many features.
Then from the gardens in through a door to The Great Hall - wow !
Most people will write about the round table - but the overwhelming eye catching feature is the inscribed frond wall. and the stained glass windows were a story in themselves- i spent ages in there reading through the history and timelines on the windows.
Then through to the long hallway - brilliant.

Outside was the steps down to the tunnels and some excellent sculptures .

As the leave go via the modern law courts and look back at the windows on the building you have left behind for a stunning view of old windows of all shapes and sizes

Thank yngsally
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Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Amazing and atmospheric hall, oozing history. Peaceful garden attached. Free entry. Recommended. The metalwork gates inside are stunning.

1  Thank CaroGrinders
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