City centre

Winchester is packed with historic buildings, monuments and musuems - all within a short walking distance of each other and just waiting to be explored.

England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.

The perfect English city on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester combines cosmopolitan elegance with rural idyll.

Why not spend a few days exploring this vibrant city, rich in culture and heritage?

A paradise for shopping connoisseurs.

Experience unrivalled shopping in Winchester with a tempting array of top national high street names, boutiques, independent shops, premium jewellery retailers and The Brooks Shopping Centre. Don't miss the weekly markets along the High Street from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Find what you're looking for with the View Winchester Mobile Directory. The mobile directory lists every shop and business in the Winchester Business Improvement District area.

Tantalise those taste buds.

Take time to refuel and relax over a coffee and light bite in between exploring. Winchester is a foodie haven, with cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels offering freshly sourced local produce from the surrounding areas - the perfect place to visit if you’re a wine buff or a food fan.

Take the short climb up St Giles' Hill for a panoramic view across the city's medieval and Georgian buildings, and steal a bird's-eye view of some of Winchester's most notable landmarks, from the gothic turrets of the Victorian Guildhall to the perpendicular lines of the world-famous Cathedral. Also visible from the hill is the statue of Winchester's most significant royal visitor, King Alfred the Great.

Winchester is also famous for its legendary Arthurian Round Table - a striking sight which has been housed for over 700 years in the Great Hall. Close to the Great Hall is the medieval Westgate, a fortified gateway which served as a debtors' prison for 150 years - you can even read some of the prisoners' graffiti.

Find out more about Winchester's rich and varied history at several attractions across the city including Winchester's Military Museums, the City Museum, Winchester College and Winchester City Mill.

Recommended

Walks & trails

  • 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
  • Winchester Cathedral
    History & heritage

    Keats' Walk

    City centre
    Self-guided walk following in the footsteps of Keats
  • View from St Giles' Hill
    History & heritage

    Sunset Walk

    City centre
    A romantic walk through picturesque Winchester
  • Anthony Gormley's Sound II, Winchester Cathedral
    Things to do

    Eye-openers arts and crafts trail

    City centre

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.
  • The outside of the Winchester City Museum
    History & heritage

    City Museum

    City centre
  • Winchester City Mill
    History & heritage

    Winchester City Mill & Shop

    City centre
    A rare surviving example of an urban working corn mill, Winchester city mill is powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen.

Hotels

  • Hotel du Vin Superior Room
    Where to stay

    Hotel du Vin

    Southgate Street
    The very first Hotel du Vin is housed in the fine architecture of one of central Winchester's most important Georgian buildings.
  • Mercure Wessex Hotel Main Entrance
    Where to stay

    Mercure Wessex Hotel

    City centre
    The 4 star Wessex Hotel is situated in the heart of historic Winchester, adjacent to the 900 year old Cathedral.
  • Winchester Hotel Pool
    Where to stay

    The Winchester Hotel & Spa

    City Centre
    The hotel offers a perfect base for both business and leisure, with 96 tastefully furnished en-suite bedrooms and suites.
  • Holiday Inn Winchester from the outside
    Where to stay

    Holiday Inn Winchester

    Around Winchester
    The four star Holiday Inn hotel in Winchester is the perfect place to stay, whether it be business, leisure or with the family.