Put your best foot forward and try one of the self-guided walks and tours in and around Winchester's compact centre. Leaflets for these walks are available from the tourist information centre, request a brochure here or downloadable from our Publications page
The Winchester walk - a tour of King Alfred's city
A great way to explore the main sights and attractions at your own pace, The Winchester walk is divided into 3 loops averaging a mile in length, so you can do as little or as much as time will allow or your feet will take. From his famous statue in the Broadway to his last-known resting place beneath Hyde Abbey Garden, follow in the footsteps of the king they called 'The Great One'.
This popular self-guided walk takes you off the beaten track through historic eastern Winchester and up St Giles Hill, a tranquil spot with superb views across the city - an idyllic setting for a picnic or a twilight stroll.
John Keats wrote his ode 'To Autumn' during his stay in Winchester in September 1819. Follow Keats' daily walk, which provided inspiration for his poetry, and stroll through the Cathedral Close and water meadows to the medieval almshouse of St Cross.
Visitor trail by wheelchair
A mile in length, this route enables wheelchair users and others with mobility difficulties to find their way around a number of the highlights of historic Winchester, including the River Itchen and Abbey Gardens. Borrow a buggy or a wheelchair from the city's Shopmobility office at the start of the route, which is marked out with silver discs in the ground.
Eye-openers arts and crafts guide
Download a PDF copy (1,181 KB) of the recently revised Eye-openers to discover Winchester's wealth of public art and the many accomplished artists working in the area. Look out for David Kemp's Hampshire Hog near the Westgate and Antony Gormley's Sound II in the cathedral crypt.