Things to do
Winchester is packed with historic buildings, museums, family attractions and tranquil green spaces just waiting to be explored. If you are not sure where to begin, take a look at our popular attractions below or use one of the themed links above for our suggestions.
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In the city centre
A place of worship for over 900 years, Winchester's world-famous cathedral is as remarkable for its hidden treasures - Anthony Gormley's Sound II, the Winchester Bible and Jane Austen's tomb, as it is for its spectacular architecture.
The Great Hall and King Arthur's Round Table
Winchester is famous for its legendary Arthurian Round table, a striking sight well worth visiting in The Great Hall - the only remaining part of Winchester Castle.
Believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country, Winchester College boasts some illustrious alumni including Douglas Jardine, Lord Howe and Anthony Trollope.
Uncover Winchester's past at the family-friendly City Museum.
A fortified medieval gateway which served as a debtors' prison for 150 years. Read prisoners' graffiti, see the interesting collection of weights and measures and take in splendid rooftop views across Winchester.
The City Mill
Perched over the fast-flowing River Itchen, Winchester City Mill has regular milling demonstrations, children's quizzes and an interactive exhibition.
Winchester's Military Museums
Home to one of the most sizeable collections of regimental history outside London in the form of five museums.
St Cross Hospital
Admire medieval architecture and take part in a 900-year-old tradition as you receive the Wayferer's Dole.
Abbey House and Gardens
Next to the newly refurbished Guildhall is Abbey House, the mayor's official residence. On the site of a nunnaminster founded by King Alfred's wife, Queen Ealhswith, the adjoining gardens are a riot of colour in the summer.
Visit the extensive ruins of Winchester's medieval Bishop's Palace.
River Park Leisure Centre
For sporting facilities in Winchester take your swimming costume to the River Park Leisure Centre.
Winchester Discovery Centre
Winchester's modern library with exhibitions and a cafe.
Winchester Theatre Royal
The theatre provides a varied professional programme of drama, dance, comedy, music and children's theatre and enjoys a reputation for first class Christmas pantomime.
In the surrounding area
Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Float through the universe with out-of-this-world digital theatre presentations in the UK's largest planetarium.
The Mid Hants Railway
Explore Hampshire's beautiful countryside on a steam or heritage diesel train.
Visit Marwell Wildlife and get up close to the wonders of the natural world and help save them.
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
A superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour and home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection with over 350 historic guns on display.
Jane Austen's House
Pleasant 17th Century house where Jane Austen lived from 1809-1817, and wrote or revised her 6 great novels.
Chawton House Library
A rare collection of women's writing from 1600 to 1830 and the former home of Jane Austen's brother.
Hinton Ampner Gardens
A visionary's garden and house - beautiful National Trust property near Alresford.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Over 42,000 plants in 180 acres of themed landscapes and gardens.
Houghton Lodge Gardens
A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test.
A Palladian mansion, featuring a classical portico surmounted by 3 statues built c1670.
Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection
Historic house and over 20 acres of garden and parkland, home of the 18thC naturalist, Gilbert White, author of `The Natural History of Selborne'.
Explore the National Motor Museum and the historic Beaulieu Abbey in the heart of the New Forest.
A unique 18th Century village by the Beaulieu River.
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Picturesque watermill making silk since 1825.
The Museum of Army Flying
Award winning museum is home to a national collection of military kites, World War 2 gliders, areoplanes and helicopters.
Hampshire's living history museum in Basingstoke, brings the past to life.
Open on the first Sunday of every month from May to October inclusive with a different theme each month.
St Catherine's Mizmaze
Winchester's very own outdoor maze.
History Revealed - days out across Hampshire
If you’re looking to discover more about Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s fascinating past and how it touches our lives today, there are a multitude of places to visit that tell the exciting story. Take a look at the History Revealed website for some inspiration.
Days Out in Hampshire
This is a guide to finding interesting and fun days out for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Pan and zoom around a map of Hampshire using the iPhone screen. Select an attraction for more detail, opening times and admission prices. Press a button to call the attraction, view their website or get driving and walking directions.
With over 100 locations, you will never be stuck for something to do with Days Out in Hampshire.
Search for Days Out in Hampshire on the iTunes App Store.
A visit to Winchester needn't cost a penny, take a look at our tips in the Winchester for Free section for lots of freebie fun.