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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Henry III's great hall is a superb building
The site was later acquired by Charles II. It was Charles' intention to built upon this site a grand royal palace, called King's House, elaborate enough to rival the palace of Versailles in France. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to begin building King's House, but plans were abandoned by James II. Today, only the Great Hall of Henry III (1222-35) survives, offering a glimpse of what the original castle must have looked like.
Attached to the Hall is an enjoyable small museum epicting the history of Winchester through historic documents and photographs.
Across an open courtyard from the Great Hall are the scanty remains of the Castle foundations. Little can be seen above ground, though you can descend a steep, dimly lit stairwell that dives down into the castle cellar. A few feet from the exposed foundation in the photo above is Westgate, now a museum depicting medieval Winchester and daily life in the medieval period.
About Winchester Castle
Address: The Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, England, SO23 8PJ
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: In the centre of Winchester, just west of the market. Well signposted from the city centre.
Website: Winchester Castle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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