WinchesterUnited Kingdom

Winchester is a city steeped in history; located in Hampshire, it combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside.

It has that small, market-town feel, with a very walkable historic centre and plenty of green spaces, river walks, interesting artisan shops and great places to eat.

With bed & breakfasts and popular boutique hotels, Winchester has a variety of accommodation for you to enjoy, each offering their own unique holiday experience.

Winchester Cathedral has stood for nearly a millennia. There are few that won’t be wowed by this imposing gothic structure or its incredible, intricate interior. The manuscript library is an interesting place to stop by where old illustrated texts are on view. There is also a plaque to Jane Austen for you to look out for as you pass through the cathedral.

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, retrace her footsteps in a circular walking trail from Chawton to Farringdon. Visit the nearby market town of Alton where Jane visited often with her sister.

If museums are your thing you will not be disappointed with Winchester, what with it having five military museums all situated on a historic site close to the city centre of Winchester. Each Museum is a must for the history buffs amongst you; the Battle of Waterloo is explained in full at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, offering clear insight into the experience of the average soldier of that era.

Take the family to nearby Marwell Zoo a wonderful place to visit. There is a great selection of animals on view here, with everything from tigers down to penguins. With keepers happy to talk with guests about their charge it makes for an enjoyable educational experience.

The remains of Wolvesey Castle provide a pleasant adventure when exploring Winchester. Although in ruins there is enough stonework and descriptive text as you walk around to provide you with insight into what the castle was like many years ago.

Take a day trip to the South Hampshire coastline and pay a visit to the seaside towns of Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth. Here you will find a both artistic and historical attractions along its coastline. Many country parks border the shoreline and offer scenic views, such as Manor Farm Country Park on the Hamble River and Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey.

The coastal nature reserve at Titchfield Haven provide tranquillity for birdwatchers and walkers while Hampshire's role in the D-Day invasions can be seen in the remnants of the mulberry harbours at Lepe and Hayling Island.

Top hotels in Winchester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
4 out of 5
Paternoster Row, Winchester, England
£46
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in the heart of Winchester, this hotel is steps away from Winchester Guildhall and Winchester Cathedral. Great Hall and University of Winchester are ...

3.7/5Good! (831 reviews)

"Very convenient location. Clean. Quiet. Fair price. Friendly staff. My only complaint would be that the towels were very thin and small. Beds were comfortable, loved the shower."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Worthy Lane, Winchester, England
£79
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in the heart of Winchester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal Winchester and Great Hall. Winchester Cathedral and University ...

4.1/5Very Good! (700 reviews)

"Location to the town centre. Nice interior design."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

The Winchester Hotel & Spa
Marwell Hotel
Marwell Hotel
3 out of 5
Thompson Lane, Winchester, England
£72
per night
5 Dec-6 Dec

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Marwell Zoo and within 9 miles (15 km) of Winchester Cathedral and Great Hall. Ageas Bowl Cricket ...

3.9/5Good! (707 reviews)

"Great service , check in quick ,breakfast was really nice"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Marwell Hotel

Popular things to do in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral
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Winchester Cathedral

4.5/5(187 reviews)

With its exquisite artwork and fascinating historical relics, Winchester’s Gothic masterpiece is thought to be one of the nation’s finest cathedrals.

Great Hall
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Great Hall

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Admire one of the finest 13th-century halls in England and see the legendary round table of King Arthur at this monument to the city’s medieval heritage.

Marwell Zoo
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Marwell Zoo

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Head out on a safari in search of hippos, snow leopards and giraffes or check out unusual reptiles at this spacious zoo and wildlife park.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Try out an extensive selection of interactive exhibits and lose yourself in deep space at one of the U.K.’s largest digital planetariums.

Hospital of St Cross
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Hospital of St Cross

Set within tranquil gardens, England’s oldest charitable institution features traditional 15th-century architecture and a stunning Norman church.

Wolvesey Castle
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Wolvesey Castle

Explore fascinating ruins set amid serene parkland to be transported back hundreds of years and discover a magnificent medieval castle.

Top activities in Winchester

Winchester Literary Walk
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Winchester Literary Walk

£15

We will meet at Winchester Train Station. First, we will see the Westgate, the 12th Century gateway to Winchester. Then we will see The Great Hall and hear of the Legend of King Arthur. Then we will walk the High Street, before arriving at the world-famous, Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Literary Pub Crawl
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Winchester Literary Pub Crawl

£17

An evening of performance, laughs, and great pubs with an Actor/Comedian. We will meet at the Westgate, the 12th Century gateway to Winchester. Then we will see The Great Hall and hear of the Legend of King Arthur. Our first pub stop will be the aptly named The Westgate.

Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour
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Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour

£77

Enjoy the beautiful English countryside on this full-day tour to Stonehenge and Bath. Venture to the mysterious site of Stonehenge—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and stroll through the charming streets of the Georgian city of Bath.

England in 1 Day: Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds
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England in 1 Day: Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds

£108

Discover England’s rich heritage, charming cities, mysterious rock formations, and literary heroes. Your packed tour explores the eclectic streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cryptic rocks of Stonehenge, and the hometown of William Shakespeare.

Stonehenge Admission with Transportation & Audio Guide
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Stonehenge Admission with Transportation & Audio Guide

£53

Leave the hustle and bustle of central London behind and journey through the English countryside to scope out the curious features of Stonehenge. Enjoy ample time to explore the site at your own pace and take advantage of included audio-guides to help you dissect the theories and legends behind this mysterious site.

Stonehenge Family Ticket
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Stonehenge Family Ticket

£10

Visit: Stonehenge, Amesbury SP4 7DE England Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC.

Reviews of Winchester

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Lovely place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

We enjoyed Winchester. We booked the hotel as we had booked to attend the Winchester fireworks display and the hotel was convenient for this. It was a shame that he hotel did not meet our expectations.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Nov 2019

Excellent car park right next to hotel

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Could be a great location just felt like it needed some TLC. And for the price of the room I would have expected better.

5/5 - Excellent

Carol

25 Oct 2019

Will return to explore further.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

very nice city,lots of history.