Come and celebrate Christmas in the historic city of Winchester this year.  

Visit our Christmas in Winchester website for more information.

The city, with its medieval lanes, spires and monuments, cultural life, buzzy vibe and independent shops has a spectacular Christmas offer.

Winchester, with its impressive Cathedral at its heart, celebrates Christmas in rare style.  The city is decorated accordingly. Restaurants, accommodation providers, shops, public spaces, schools and its residents all enter into the full Christmas spirit and set against the stunning architectural backdrop of the city, it is well worth a visit.

Visit our Christmas in Winchester website for more information.

If you are driving to Winchester plan your trip and make sure you download Winchester BID’s Parking App or try to use local transport where possible.

Park & Ride

East Winchester P&R (St Catherine’s – SO23 9NP and Barfield – SO23 9SQ)

South Winchester P&R (accessible from junction 11 of the M3)

Extra Park and Ride services will run from Monday 20 November until Saturday 23 December 2017. These services will run at least every 10 minutes until 6pm, then every 20 minutes until 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday. At peak times P&R services will be every 7.5 minutes.

Winchester City Council has arranged for Stagecoach to provide five additional bus services for the Westgate and the hospital between 3.30pm and 5.30pm each weekday.

There will also be free Sunday shuttles from the East (St Catherine’s and Barfield) and South Park and Rides to The Broadway. These are jointly funded by Winchester BID and Winchester City Council. Sunday services will run from 9am to 6.30pm. They will be every ten minutes from East Park and Rides and every 15 minutes from South Park and Ride on Sunday 26 November, 3, 10, and 17 December 2017. There is no Sunday Park and Ride service from Pitt.

Christmas holiday timetable for P&R services:

Saturday 23 December Enhanced service
Sunday 24 December No service
Christmas Day No service
Boxing Day No service
Wednesday 27 December Saturday service
Thursday 28 December Saturday service
Friday 29 December Saturday service
Saturday 30 December Saturday service
Sunday 31 December No service
New Year’s Day No service
Tuesday 2 January 2018 Normal service

Winchester City Council has hired portable electronic real-time VMS signs to direct traffic. The signs have arrived and are currently being tested.

For further information please visit the parking pages on Winchester City Council’s website.



Food & drink

  • Chesil Rectory exterior
    History & heritage

    The Chesil Rectory

    City centre
    Dating back to 1450, this beautifully preserved city landmark, located in central Winchester, serves modern British classics
  • The front of The Old Vine
    Food & drink

    The Old Vine

    City centre
    The Old Vine is the perfect place to meet for lunch, supper or just a drink in relaxed, convivial surroundings.
  • Wykeham Arms Bedroom
    Where to stay

    The Wykeham Arms

    City centre

Things to do

  • 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.
  • Great Hall with the round table
    History & heritage

    The Great Hall

    City centre
    The Great Hall contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table.
  • Things to do

    Marwell Zoo

    Marwell Zoo
    A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them.