About Winchester

Winchester, the perfect English city, is a vibrant heritage destination just an hour south west of London.

A city steeped in history, Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.

Today Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. One hour from London, this is England as it used to be.

With world class attractions and architecture including a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park.

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The settlement of Winchester begins in about 150BC when a large defended enclosure was created on the western slopes of the modern city, in the area of Oram's Arbour. Since that time, great kings and bishops have left lasting reminders of their presence.

During Saxon times, Winchester was the capital of England - chosen by King Alfred (Alfred the Great) - and the city remained a Royal residence for centuries afterwards.

Recommended

Walks

  • View from St Giles' Hill
    History & heritage

    Sunset Walk

    City centre
    A romantic walk through picturesque Winchester
  • History & heritage

    City Walk

    City centre
    Trace the footsteps of King Alfred from his statue in the Broadway to his last known resting place beneath Hyde Abbey Garden
  • Fulling Mill, Alresford
    History & heritage

    Alresford Millennium & Alre Valley trails

    Alresford
    Explore Alresford with self-guide trail
  • Winchester Cathedral
    History & heritage

    Keats' Walk

    City centre
    Self-guided walk following in the footsteps of Keats

Attractions

  • Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
    History & heritage

    Winchester Cathedral

    City centre
    For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral.
  • Jane Austen's House Museum
    Arts & culture

    Jane Austen's House Museum

    Alton
    The house at Chawton is where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life.
  • The outside of the Winchester City Museum
    History & heritage

    City Museum

    City centre
  • Outside the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium at night
    Museums & galleries

    Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

    Around Winchester
    Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is an under-cover, all-weather visitor attraction.

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