Things to do

From world class attractions and architecture, unrivalled shopping and delicious dining, to countryside trails for walking and cycling - there's plenty to do in and around Winchester.

Winchester is crammed with hidden treasures just waiting to be explored

Explore the medieval streets of Winchester and admire the history of Winchester Cathedral and Wolvesey Castle before strolling along the River Itchen to The Hospital of St Cross. Why not end your day with an evening of comedy, theatre, ballet or opera at one of Winchester's entertainment venues in the cultural quarter of the city.

Firmly established as a foodie destination, make sure you visit the largest Farmers' Market in the UK or indulge in a pub lunch and sit beside a roaring log fire.

You'll find something to suit you, whether you're a lover of the great outdoors looking for an active holiday, or simply want to spend a romantic weekend exploring Winchester's history and heritage.

You can also view our brochures & leaflets for plenty more ideas for days out. Make sure you pick up a copy of our new Winchester Guest Guide too.

For a taste of what to expect...

Take a look at our Visit Winchester: Attractions film for a stunning showcase of some of the unmissable attractions that the beautiful Winchester district has to offer visitors. Fyfe Dangerfield's track 'She Needs Me' lets you know just why Winchester is where you want to be.

Explore the heart of Hampshire

Why not extend your stay so you can make the most of the beautiful countryside and idyllic villages surrounding Winchester. Hire a bike or simply take a stroll through the South Downs National Park, taking in some of the most breathtaking views across Hampshire.

You'll find plenty of attractions outside of the city to keep the whole family amused. Enjoy a free day out at Fort Nelson - a unique Victorian Fort and home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery - the Big Guns. For a nostalgic day out take a ride on the restored steam trains at the Mid Hants Railway, stopping off to explore the beautiful market town of Alresford. Or step into Africa and meet some of the most fascinating animals on eart at Marwell Zoo.

Download the 2015 visitor guide

With ideas for great days out, places to eat, shopping ideas and a list of accommodation in the Winchester district, the Winchester visitor guide will help you plan your trip to Winchester. There's also a special section on the South Downs National Park (Hampshire area). You can download the guide below or request a copy using our online form.

2015-16 Visit Winchester Guide

Recommended

Walks & trails

  • Cyclists on the Viaduct Way
    Things to do

    Viaduct Way

    City centre
    Walk or cycle to Winchester's restored historic railway
  • Victoria Cross
    History & heritage

    Military Trail

    City centre
    Trace Winchester's military past from the Iron Age to the Nuclear Age.
  • 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
  • A sketch of Jane Austen
    Things to do

    Jane Austen trail

    Around Winchester
    Trail revealing more about Austen's life in Hampshire

Attractions

  • Winchester Science Centre
    Things to do

    Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

    Around Winchester
    Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is an under-cover, all-weather visitor attraction.
  • 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.
  • Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
    Things to do

    Winchester Cathedral

    City centre
    For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral.
  • Winchester College Chamber Court, view from 7th Chamber Passage
    History & heritage

    Winchester College

    Winchester College
    Winchester College founded 1382, is open for Tours concentrating on the medieval heart of the College.
  • Guided Tours
    History & heritage

    Guided walking tours of Winchester

    City centre
    An excellent way to become acquainted with the city is to join a guided tour with one of Winchester's official tourist guides.
  • City Museum in The Square
    History & heritage

    City Museum

    City centre
  • A canon outside the museum
    Things to do

    The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

    City centre
    The Museum tell of the part played by the regiments in campaigning for peace over two and half centuries.
  • A couple viewing 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.