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It's time for great days out!

Great days out are back! The Gallery is open and we can't wait to give you a warm and safe welcome. We're delighted that the first exhibition in The Gallery for 2021 is the UK premiere of Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective, the first ever exhibition dedicated to the author-illustrator’s work. Tickets to visit the exhibition are being released every two weeks and are available to pre-book online. We look forward to welcoming you to The Gallery soon!

Staying Safe

To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre. We have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you, our staff and volunteers. Please read on for information about booking your visit and what to expect when you are with us.

What we are doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 

  • Giving you a warm welcome at a safe distance
  • Introducing advanced booking to reduce queues 
  • Using signage to help you maintain social distance
  • Asking for cashless payment wherever possible
  • Providing hand sanitiser for you to use
  • Taking away high-contact exhibits and displays

If you have any concerns or questions during your visit, please talk to a member of our team – they will be happy to help you.

You can find out answers to some commonly asked questions in our reopening and coronavirus information and FAQs.

Booking your visit 

We have introduced advanced booking to The Gallery to help us manage our visitor numbers. Please book a visiting time for each member of your party, including children.

Buy tickets online

Please do not visit if you or any members of your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has it. Information on how to re-book or cancel your visit is detailed on your booking confirmation.

Opening times 

Our opening days and hours are available to view online. Please check before you visit.

Social distancing and hygiene 

During your visit, we ask that you follow our guidelines on social distancing and hygiene to help keep us all safe. We are operating a one-way system at The Gallery, which is indicated by signage. Hand sanitiser stations are positioned at the entrance to the exhibition space. To keep everyone safe, please wear a face covering when visiting The Gallery.

Toilet facilities

Toilet facilities operated by Winchester Discovery Centre are currently closed. A public toilet is available outside the building.


Café facilities operated by Winchester Discovery Centre are currently closed.

Gift shop

Our exhibition shop at City Space is open as normal. Please use cashless payment for any purchases.


To help keep us all safe, we have reviewed exhibits, interactives and spaces which may pose a risk of spreading the virus. All family interactives have been removed from The Gallery.


Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity. The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on all of us. Please donate to help us re-connect our communities through culture.


Risk assessment

In accordance with government guidelines, we have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to make our sites COVID secure and identify risk control measures.

We’re Good to Go 

Good to go

The Visit Britain We’re Good to Go symbol shows that The Gallery has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and that we have processes in place to help keep everyone safe.

Winchester Discovery Centre

The Gallery is located on the first floor of Winchester Discovery Centre, a thriving community library in the heart of the city. During your visit to the Gallery, take in our sister venue, City Space, a vibrant and versatile gallery on the Discovery Centre’s ground floor which showcases the very best of Winchester’s thriving arts and heritage scene.

Every year, we host a special exhibition which has an admission charge. The remaining exhibitions in our programme are free, but we suggest a donation of £3.00 to help us continue to bring world-class exhibitions to Hampshire.


Winchester Discovery Centre has with permanent street-level access from the Jewry Street Car Park entrance through an automatic door into the building. There are two Blue Badge parking bays in the Jewry Street Car Park next to Winchester Discovery Centre which are directly opposite the accessible entrance. Parking is free for Blue Badge holders. Accessible toilets are available within Winchester Discovery Centre. There is a lift from the ground floor of the Discovery Centre to the first floor, where the Gallery is located. For full details, please visit disabledgo.com.

Group visits

To arrange a group visit of 15 people or more to the Gallery, please call Winchester Discovery Centre on 01962 873603.

How to get here

The Gallery is located on the first floor of Winchester Discovery Centre.

By car: please use city centre car parks or park and ride services.

By rail: The Gallery is a short ten-minute walk from Winchester railway station.

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