878 AD is the title of the Winchester’s latest blockbusting attraction recreating key moments from Anglo Saxon history through the world of a video game. 

In The Brooks Shopping Centre, you can step into this fascinating time capsule which spins you back to the defeat of the Vikings by Alfred the Great at the Battle of Edington in May 878.  

It uses the graphics of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to show what Winchester looked and sounded like at the time. The experience is made up of two parts. A physical visitor attraction features actors dressed in the clothes of the time, acting out typical scenes in 878. There is also an app that people can download, which uses augmented reality to show key moments from Winchester’s past.  

It’s a unique collaboration between Winchester-based charity, Hampshire Cultural Trust, and Ubisoft, creator of the global best-selling gaming series Assassin’s Creed.  

Paul Sapwell, chief executive of HCT, said: “It has been a project since 2020. We have long wanted to move into immersive technology to interpret the story of Winchester.”