9 October 2020
Explore one of Winchester most photographed and renowned buildings, Winchester Cathedral. With more than 1000 years of history this is a great place to begin your tour of Winchester. Discover Europe’s longest medieval nave, home to the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible in the Kings & Scribes exhibition, 12th century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and marvel at the sheer magnitude of this magnificent building.
The cathedral is currently open every day 10am – 4pm. For more information on what to expect during your visit please visit the cathedral website.
A visit to the Great Hall will take you on a tour of history, being one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century and remains of Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror, but it will also immerse you in legend. The Great Hall is home to King Arthur’s Round Table, one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology. Visit and explore the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials held here.
Located in the heart of this historic city, Winchester City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to the hunt for King Alfred’s remains, explore the sights and sounds of Winchester past and present in the museum’s three galleries.
To ensure the safety of the staff and visitors of the Winchester City Museum new measures have been put in place. To find out what to expect during your visit please visit the Winchester City Museum website.
A national treasure and a literary legend, Jane Austen’s novels have delighted and inspired so many people. Visit the house where Austen wrote, revised and published all of her novels right here in Winchester. The Jane Austen House Museum, where Jane lived with her sister and mother, is home to some of Jane’s treasured possessions and memories. Get to know Austen as you walk through her home and immerse yourself in her world.
Book your tickets in advance to visit the Jane Austen House Museum and visit the website to see what to expect while you are there.
How much do you know about artillery history? Whether it’s a wealth of knowledge or nothing at all a visit the Fort Nelson is a great day out. Discover the intriguing history of artillery and how it has changed the nature of battles and affected the lives of many people between the 15th and 20th century.
Tickets must be booked in advance to visit the fort and for more information about your visit see the Fort Nelson website.
Take your historic adventure to a fortified medieval gateway at the Westgate Museum. One of two surviving gateways into the city, the Westgate now tells the story of this remarkable building and the history of Tudor and Stuart Winchester whilst offering great rooftop city views.
The Westgate Museum has introduced a number of measures to help manage visitor numbers and ensure social distancing, find out what to expect during your visit here.
Dive into military history at the site of the old Peninsula Barracks in Winchester, home to six museums each offering a unique experience. There are fantastic collections of medals, paintings and military objects on displayed across the whole site which includes HorsePower – The Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, The Rifles Regimental Museum, The Gurkha Museum and The Adjutant General’s Corp Museum.
Discover the ruins of Bishops Waltham palace, formerly a grand residency for the Bishops of Winchester.
Much remains of the 12th and 14th century buildings, built by Bishop Henry of Blois – the grandson of William the Conqueror, and the surrounding grounds make for a beautiful place to explore. Why not find a bench next to these ancient walls or enjoy laying out on the grass and take a moment to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Discover the ‘Great House’ enjoyed by Jane Austen and once owned by her brother Edward. Chawton House, a quintessentially English manor house, conserves a unique collection of early women’s writing. When you visit be sure to relax in the stunning gardens and explore the home enjoyed by Austen – you can even see the table that Jane Austen dined at during her visits.
For details on when the house and gardens are open and for what to expect during your visit please visit the website.
If you really want to immerse yourself in the history of the city then a guided tour of the centre is a must. Join one of Winchester’s tours leaving from the visitor information centre and delve into the well known history and hidden secrets of the city.
For more information about joining a tour please visit the Winchester tourist guides website.