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Witness the dawn of England

Discover an adventure at the turning point of a nation - a unique family attraction in the heart of historic Winchester

Family-friendly day out for ages
5 - 105!

Augmented reality medieval city tour through the streets of Winchester

A multi-sensory museum experience with theatre, tech and play

Award-winning destination with a reputation for excellence

The Vikings are coming!

Take your stand with Alfred the Great and his Anglo-Saxon army and prepare to defend the historic city of Winchester against the Vikings at the Battle of Edington!

Pay once, visit all year!

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What's inside

  • Engage: Watch history unfold through captivating live performances that depict key moments of the Anglo-Saxon struggle against the Vikings
  • Discover: Witness genuine, early-medieval treasures that bring the story of a bygone era to life
  • Encounter: Roam an intimate, Anglo-Saxon townscape and meet the people of the city as together you prepare for battle
  • Interact: Learn through hands-on play, with interactive games and authentic activities of the era for the whole family to enjoy together

What's outside

  • Adventure: All tickets include a self-paced, tech-guided tour of the city - exclusive to 878 AD with unique insights that will not be found elsewhere!
  • Explore: Meet your interactive, buddy map app! Step onto the streets of Winchester and enjoy a city view through a new and fresh lens
  • Learn: Compare and contrast the city - past and present - using state-of-the-art mobile technology brought to life by the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Discovery Tour: Viking Age
  • Play: Test your mettle against the Viking invader - hone your archery skills at target practice, design your own battle shield and even become an Anglo-Saxon artisan as you craft your own pottery plus so much more!
An experience in two parts


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Are you a super explorer?

Unlock the treasures of Winchester with our best-value Super Explorer ticket. Enjoy 12 months of unlimited visits to four of the city’s top historic attractions: 878 AD, The Great Hall, Westgate Museum and City Museum.

  • Take in the impressive, majestic surroundings of The Great Hall. Witness the historic architecture, watched over by the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend, which takes pride of place within the hall
  • Uncover the story of England’s ancient capital, from its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to the last journey of Jane Austen. Explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in at City Museum
  • Visit the Westgate Museum. A surviving, fortified medieval gateway. The museum tells the story of this remarkable building and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester. It also offers unrivalled views over the city from its roof
Four venues, one price!


What people think about 878 AD

I found the experience so engaging and the living history actors were great at setting the scene and making the whole visit informative and engaging!

The actors inside were talented and engaging. Great sights, sounds and even smells. A very interactive experience - we had an amazing family day out.

This was so much fun! The actors were incredible, shared so much information with us through talking about things like it was their daily lives. We came away having learned so much that we were still talking about it hours later.

Wassail! A great introduction to Saxon kingdoms

Brilliant, immersive exhibition very well put together. Saw a lot of kids there and they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. The reenactments are enjoyable, the artifacts interesting and the audio-visual things extremely well done. And easy to get to.

Great interactive and immersive experience for kids and adults alike. Animated videos, live actors and even real life smells make this a fun and educational place providing fascinating information about Anglo Saxon Winchester!

Brilliant interactive museum. Learned so much about the medieval history of Winchester and King Alfred!

Went with our 9 year old granddaughter, she wants to go again. The actors were brilliant and really made it interesting. We did the walk with the app after and the virtual reality stuff was excellent!

I was very impressed with the high standard of all the displays and thought the inclusion of real objects alongside sophisticated graphics was an excellent and contemporary way of bringing the past to life.

The exhibition is the perfect balance of informative without being too overwhelming, and the immersion with the actors makes it especially enjoyable and brings it all together.

We had such a great time at 878 AD. We learnt so much through the immersive experience and the actors were fantastic. Would recommend to anyone visiting.

Excellent experience; really fun and interesting. Actors help to bring it to life and are very knowledgeable about the area. Suitable for all ages!

878 AD really blew my mind since - I love anything to do with history. The actors were extraordinary and very informative about the history of Winchester.

What a little gem of a place!


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Ticket prices

Choose between our comprehensive ticket options and enjoy peace of mind with your flexible ticket, valid for 12 months from booking.

878 AD Ticket

Pay once, visit all year

  • 12 months entry to 878 AD
  • Access to special events
  • 878 AD: Winchester Revealed
  • 10% off at The Arc's café
  • Rare Assassin's Creed: Valhalla in-game unlockables




5 – 15 years




Under 5s



Up to five people, max. two adults


Art Fund Member


Group Rates

Available for 15 or more people

Super Explorer Ticket

Pay once, visit all year

  • All 878 AD ticket perks
  • Four attractions, one lower price
  • 12 months access to The Great Hall
  • 12 months access to Westgate Museum
  • 12 months access to City Museum




5 – 15 years



Up to five people, max. two adults


Under 5s




Find out more

Hampshire Cultural Trust is a charity and so, with your help, we’re able to benefit from the UK government’s Gift Aid scheme. Find out more about Gift Aid. You can read our booking Terms and Conditions here.