Winchester, Hampshire

This affluent cathedral city lies in the heart of the South Downs national park, offering a wonderful quality of life with all conveniences on the doorstep, surrounded by countryside. The river Itchen runs through the city, offering relaxing riverside walks.

Culture & Entertainment

With a vast array of shops, cafes, and eateries, you’re almost spoilt for choice. Small independent businesses thrive in Winchester offering up plenty of different and exciting choices. If you’re less of a shopaholic and are looking to delve into the history and rich culture of the city then you will be well looked after, as museums are in abundance, from the stunning centre piece of Winchester Cathedral, to the house of the famous author Jane Austen, you will find endless enrichment discovering the fascinating past of this fantastic location.

Winchester Cathedral

In the heart of the city, 900 year old Winchester Cathedral is a stunning example of fine architecture, hosting regular events during the year and a special place to worship.

The Great Hall 

Castle Avenue, Winchester SO23 8UJ

This is where you’ll find King Arthur’s Round Table, dating back to the 13th century. Here you’ll learn about the battles, secrets and trials for terrorism and treason held here.

Winchester City Museum

The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES

A great spot to take children for interactive learning, the museum looks into the history of Winchester, from an iron age trading centre to Jane Austen’s links to the city.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

A great half day out for kids, the planetarium is ideal for all ages – you’ll feel like you’re floating in space. With regularly changing features and events, repeat visits are always rewarding.

Winchester’s Military Quarter

Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS

There are 5 military museums in Winchester to choose from to complement your day out.

Winchester City Mill

Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 9BH

A delightful ancient watermill, café with island garden and wildlife spot in the heart of Winchester.

Chesil Rectory

A favourite with Kai Carter Estates for the lovely food, décor, atmosphere and service, Chesil Rectory has fine dining in a beautifully decorated historic building.

The General Store

Local and organic deli foods with a café for fresh food and coffee. Popular with the locals.

Café Monde

By the Cathedral, the setting has a funky feel with great food and a strong local reputation.

 

Josie’s

Often has a cue, great breakfasts and a lively atmosphere

The Handlebar Café

As the name suggests, there is a bike theme here, with a repair centre for self-use or with on-site experts. Out of the city centre, this is a great spot to stop by when walking or cycling around the city.

Cobbs and Winchester

Renowned for great food and as a great meeting spot, this is slightly out of the city centre. Doubling as a farm shop, this is worth a trip for locals who value deli food.

Chococo

Chocolatier has an appealing choice of, you guessed it, chocolate drinks and nibbles. Lovely for a sweet treat.

St James Tavern

Off the beaten path, with amazing food this is a great local spot worth a few minutes’ walk for.

Three Joes

Sourdough pizza in the heart of Winchester. It may be a chain and on the tourist trail, but it’s well rated by locals and some easy alternatives for non pizza lovers.

Beechcroft Farm Shop & Tea Barn

With wonderful views of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, this is a great spot to take the kids to see the farm animals, with lovely surrounding walks. A little outside Winchester, this is one for the locals who want to venture outside the city centre.

Walking tour

Our lovely clients Josie & Will recommend the following stops for a walking tour. Add in your points of interest as you wish:

Birch lined footpath by St Cross Hospital – Batsford Road, SO23 9SD

Kingsgate – Kingsgate Street, SO23 9JP

Winchester Cathedral – The Close, SO23 9LS

The General Store, 30-31 The Square, SO23 9EX

 

Parks & Recreation

The city puts a focus on natural beauty. Steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this unique area. The Tree Trail is a fine example of a lazy afternoon adventure, offering a self-guided trail, offering fascinating facts of all 20 species of tree used to bring a natural glamour to the city.

St Giles Hill

Half a mile from the centre of Winchester, St Giles Hill has fantastic views over the city. Ideal for dog walks and popular with locals.

Abbey Gardens

65 The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9BE

Winnall Moors Nature Reserve

Durngate Place, Winchester SO23 8DX

Farley Mount Country Park

5 miles from the city centre, this 200 acre park is a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. With grassland and woodland, it’s a perfect spot for walks and picnics.

 

Schools & Education

Winchester boasts deep rooted links with high class education, with The Prince’s Mead school, just outside the city, claiming to be the oldest Preparatory school in the country. It offers up a high-quality range of private and public schools, from all ages, and the prestigious Peter Symonds sixth form college which lies a short walk away from the city centre.

Independent Schools

St Swithun’s –  Independent Day & Boarding. Girls 3-18

Pilgrims’ School – Independent Day & Boarding. Boys 4-13

Twyford School – Independent day & boarding. Co-ed. 2-13

Winchester College – Independent Day & Boarding. Boys 13-18

State Schools

 St Bede CofE Primary School – Outstanding

St Faith’s CofE Primary School – Outstanding

Barton Farm Primary School – Outstanding

The Westgate School – Outstanding –  4yrs – 16yrs

Kings’ School – Outstanding

 

Location & Connections

M3 – 1 mile

A34 – 1.5 miles

Winchester train station – reaching London Waterloo station in 1 hour 11 minutes direct, and Paddington station in 1 hour via reading.

There are also direct trains to Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Woking

 

 

 

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