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Winchester is an unspoilt cathedral city on the River Itchen, it was England's ancient capital and the former seat of King Alfred the Great. A striking bronze statue of King Alfred dominates the Broadway. The Bus Station is ¾ mile from the Rail Station.

TI Guildhall, High Street. Tel. 01962 840500.

A recommended route from the station to the City Centre and most attractions is highlighted on the map below. It is slightly uphill at first and not immediately obvious as you leave the station.

Accommodation in Winchester (with distance from station):

The Westgate (¼ mile) Hotel du Vin (½ mile) The Old Vine (½ mile) Royal Hotel (½ mile)

Photograph of Winchester, River Itchen

Winchester, River Itchen

Great Hall ¼ mile

The only surviving part of Winchester Castle, once home to the Domesday Book. On a wall in this 13th century hall hangs the Round Table closely associated with the legendary King Arthur. Displays explain the history of the Great Hall and Castle. Queen Eleanor's Garden behind the Great Hall is a recreation of an enclosed medieval garden. Admission is free but a donation is suggested instead. Tel. 01962 846476.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Jul-Aug). Occasionally closed for events, please check website.

Westgate Museum ¼ mile

The museum is housed in the fortified medieval gateway which was a debtors prison for 150 years. Prisoners' graffiti can be seen on the walls. Admission free. Tel. 01962 869864.
Open Mar-Oct, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700. Closes 1600 in Mar.

City Space ¼ mile

A gallery space hosting a programme of exhibitions. Admission free. Tel. 01962 873610.
Open M-F 1000-1800, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1500.

Winchester's Military Museums ½ mile

There are six museums (with varied opening times) and a Visitor Centre in the historic setting of the Peninsular Barracks. Café (open TWThFS 1000-1600) in Visitor Centre. Tel. 01962 877826.
Adjutant General's Corps Museum open TWThFS 1000-1700.
Guardroom Museum open TWThFS 1000-1700.
Gurkha Museum open M-S 1000-1700.
HorsePower open TWThF 1000-1600, SSu 1200-1600.
Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum open TWThFS (also Sun Jul-mid Sep only) 1000-1700.
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum open TWThF 1000-1600, also Apr-Oct only SSu 1200-1600.

City Museum ½ mile

Three galleries tell the story of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present day. Features include mosaics, reconstructed Victorian shops and activities for children. Admission free. Tel. 01962 863064.
Open Apr-Oct, M-S 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1700. Nov-Mar, TWThFS 1000-1600, Sun 1100-1600.

Winchester attractions map

Winchester Cathedral ¾ mile

One of the largest cathedrals in England with over 1000 years of history, faith and worship. Features include the 12th century Winchester Bible and the grave of Jane Austen. Visitors' Centre with Refectory. Tel. 01962 857200.
Open M-S 0900-1700, Sun 1230-1500. Times may vary for services and events.

Winchester City Mill NT 1 mile

A fully restored working watermill built in 1743 on the fast-flowing River Itchen. Displays explain the milling process and highlight wildlife to be seen along the river. Milling demonstrations on selected days. Tel. 01962 870057.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (closes 1600 Nov-Feb).

Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace) EH 1 mile

An important residence of the wealthy and powerful bishops of Winchester since Anglo-Saxon times. The extensive ruins of the palace date largely from the 12th century. Admission free.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.

Winnall Moors Nature Reserve ¾ mile

Reedbeds and water meadows beside the River Itchen. Water voles and wetland flowers may be seen along the circular trail. During the summer sedge warblers and reed warblers can be heard in the reedbeds. Paths are unsurfaced and may be muddy in wet weather.
Open Daily during daylight, best visited May-July.

Winchester College 1 mile

Founded in 1382, Winchester College is probably the oldest school in England. Guided tours include Chamber Court, the 14th century gothic Chapel, the original Cloister, the 17th century schoolroom and the original Scholars' dining room. Tel. 01962 621209.
Open Guided tours daily but times vary, please see website.

Hospital of St Cross 2 miles

Founded in 1132, the Hospital is home to 25 Brothers and continues to provide refreshment for the traveller during the summer months, including the traditional Wayfarer's Dole. Tel. 01962 851375.
Open Apr-Oct, M-S 0930-1700, Sun 1300-1700. Nov-Mar, M-S 1030-1530.
A pleasant 1 mile level walk south from Winchester College through picturesque water meadows beside the River Itchen.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens by bus

An extensive garden with a wide range of trees, shrubs and other plants - there is something of interest in all seasons. Features include the Himalayan Valley, Magnolia Avenue, Hydrangea Walk, Azalea Woodland and Winter Garden. Play areas and children's activities. Restaurant, Tearoom and picnic tables. Events programme. Tel. 01794 369318.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Apr-Oct).
Bus 66 from near Rail Station (also Bus Station) to opposite entrance, 24 minutes journey. M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Note that there are two routes for bus 66 - journeys via Cutforth Way pass the entrance. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Romsey.

Hinton Ampner NT by bus

A 12 acre garden with magnificent views over parkland and rolling countryside. The House contains Regency furniture, Italian paintings and hardstone items. Tel. 01962 771305.
Open Mar-Nov, Daily 1000-1700 (closes dusk if earlier), House 1100-1530.
Bus 67 from City Road near Rail Station (also Bus Station) to opposite entrance (shortly after Cheriton), 40 minutes journey, M-S every 2-4 hours. Some journeys do not operate every day M-S so check the timetable carefully. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Petersfield.

National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Bishop's Waltham by bus

The historic market town of Bishop's Waltham has some remarkably well preserved medieval buildings in the High Street housing a range of independent shops.
Bus 69 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Rail Station) to Bishop's Waltham Square, about 45 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Botley and Fareham.

Bishop's Waltham Palace EH by bus

The impressive ruins of a medieval palace used by the bishops of Winchester, set in attractive grounds. The lodging range became a farmhouse and now houses the town's museum. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1800. Oct-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
Bus see above.

Bishop's Waltham Museum by bus

Situated in the attractive grounds of Bishop's Waltham Palace the museum covers the social history of the town plus displays by English Heritage about the Palace. Admission free, donations welcomed.
Open May-Sep, SSu 1200-1600.
Bus see above.

Bishop's Waltham map