GHT Tower Exhibition: The Stories Behind the Stones

Time slots

Saturday 11 Jul 2020

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Book your ticket for our incredible Tower exhibition here!

Touch the stone walls that held prisoners captive – and hear their crimes of passion and violence.

See the sacking of Southampton in a devastating raid – when the arrival of 50 French ships forced townspeople to build walls of defence.

Learn how gunners defended the town, their weapons and stories brought to life with cutting edge animation and medieval-inspired tapestry.

Our permanent Tower exhibition – Stories Behind the Stones – shines a light on GHT’s dark history with multi-sensory installations, hi-tech audio-visuals and stunning rooftop views.

To complement the work of our award-winning exhibition designers, we have commissioned five Southampton artists to interpret the building’s history with surreal and unsettling installations.

Your ticket will give you access to all three floors of the Tower, including our rooftop. It lasts for three months and you are welcome to come back as many times as you like in that quarter.


If you have difficulty accessing the stairs you can experience the show with a virtual reality headset.

If you are organising an educational or other group visit, please see our group bookings page.

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