Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Winchester, Hampshire

Climb the steep stone steps, open the creaky door into the former debtor’s prison and read the graffiti etched in the wall by incarcerated miscreants.

Winchester's Tudor and Stuart era is revealed in this beautifully refurbished listed monument, the last of the main medieval gates into the city. See the gibbeting iron – an early modern deterrent used for public execution from which corpses of executed criminals were hung on public display and left to rot.

Children can imagine themselves as Ralph Lamb attending the marriage of Bloody Mary to Philip of Spain as they try on replica costumes. Or you can all get ready for battle and step into heavy Civil War armour. With the views from the roof you can plan your siege of the former castle areas.

Do a real brass rubbing for a small fee or test your observation skills with the spotter quiz. Admission to the museum is free.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Winchester Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 01962 840500

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