The Westgate has been used as a Coffee House, a lockup prison, and as a debtors’ gaol. In 1898, the City Corporation acquired the Westgate and began to use it as a museum and
repository for the City archives. Today, displays include the historically important collection of pre-Imperial weights and measures, and a fine painted ceiling from Winchester College which was made on the occasion of Queen
Mary I’s marriage to Philip of Spain in Winchester in 1554.
There is access to the roof (up steep staircases with rope handrails) for extensive views along the High Street and towards the Great Hall of the
castle. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.