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Your guide to what’s open this Christmas and New Year

Tourist Information Centre Gift Shop
Tourist Information Centre Gift Shop

What attractions are open over the Christmas period?

Please see the information below for some of the key attraction opening times in the city centre:

City Mill
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill
Closed from 25 December – 1 January

City Museum
https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/winchester-city-museum
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
Open from 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat) and 11am – 5pm Sun
From Tuesday January 2  to March 2020 open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm

Great Hall
https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/greathall
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day, otherwise open 10am to 5pm.

Winchester College
https://www.winchestercollege.org/visit-us
Closed from 25 December – 2 January

Discovery Centre (Library)
https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/libraryfinder/winchester
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Cathedral
www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk
Visit website for full details of services, limited opening hours on the following days:

Boxing Day (26 December) – 11.00am – 3.00pm
New Year’s Eve (31 December) – 10.00am – 4.00pm
New Year’s Day (1 January) – 11.00am – 3.00pm

Hospital of St Cross
http://hospitalofstcross.co.uk/

Closed Christmas Day and Sundays, except for services.
Otherwise 10.30am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Winchester Military Museums
https://www.winchestersmilitaryquarter.org/

The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum is closed from 21st December to 7th January 2020.

The Royal Green Jackets Museum & The Rifles Museum is closed from Thursday 19th December to Tuesday 21st January.

Horsepower, the Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars is closed from Saturday 14th December to Tuesday 7th January 2020.

The Gurkha Museum is closed from Tuesday 24th December to Tuesday 2nd January 2020.

The Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum is closed from Friday 13th December to Tuesday 7th January 2020.

For individual museum visits, please contact the individual museums for further information.

Marwell Zoo
https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, otherwise open 10am – 4pm.

Winchester Science Centre
https://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, otherwise open 10am – 5pm.

Watercress Line
https://www.watercressline.co.uk
Closed Christmas Day.
‘Christmas Leave’ event 26 and 27 December 10am – 5pm.
28/29/30/31 Dec and 1 Jan – open see website for timetable
Closed from 2 January


Ice Rink

When is it open?
The Ice Rink is open until Sunday 5 January, it is on Closed Christmas Day.
What are the opening hours?
Ice skating sessions last 1 hour and session start times are as follows:Mon – Sun: 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.15noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.45pm, 5.45pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm

* Please note
Christmas Eve: last session is 7pm
Boxing Day: first session is 11am
New Years Eve: last session is 7pm
New Years Day: first session is 11am

What are the prices?

Ticket Type Price
Adult £11.00
Child 4 – 7 £6.95
Child 8 – 16 £8.95
Family Ticket £37.95
Adult Group 15+ 10% discount applied to booking
School Group 25+ £6 per child
Student £9.95
Senior £9.95
Parent and Toddler £11.50

How can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

In person at the Cathedral box office located opposite the Ice Rink

By phone on 01962 857 276

Is it open even if it is raining?
Winchester Ice rink is open come rain or shine – there is now a roof, so your skate will be guaranteed rain free. However, please dress according to the weather, as the waiting area/viewing areas are open to the elements.

Are skates provided/can I bring my own skates?
Skate hire is FREE. If you wish to bring your own skates please ask a member of staff to check their condition and suitability for the rink. We can accommodate all sizes up to and including adult size 15. For our youngest skaters we go down to EU size 28. Fun Skate Penguins are available to under 10’s (under 120cm height) on a first come, first served basis.

Where can I get more information?
Please visit the Cathedral website located at  www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk


Pantomime

Is there a pantomime on in Winchester?

The Theatre Royal on Jewry Street is showing Dick Whittington which runs from 30 November until 5  January  inclusive.  For tickets contact the box office direct on 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk


Bus times over Christmas & New Year

Bluestar No.1 (Winchester to Southampton):

Christmas Eve          Saturday service
Christmas Day          Special service, Bluestar 1X and 18 only.
Boxing Day               Sunday service
27 December            Saturday service
28 December            Saturday service
29 December            Sunday service
30 December            Saturday service
New Years Eve        Saturday service
New Years Day        Special service between Winchester & Southampton
2 January                  Normal service resumes

For further information contact Bluestar on 01202 338421 (general enquiries) or www.bluestarbus.co.uk

 Stagecoach Winchester services:

Christmas Eve         Saturday service, early finish at 9pm
Christmas Day          No service
Boxing Day               Sunday service
27 December            Saturday service
28 December            Saturday service
29 December            Sunday service
30 December            Saturday service
New Year’s Eve        Saturday service, early finish at 9pm
New Year’s Day       Sunday service
2 January                 Thursday School holiday service
3 January                  Friday School holiday service
4 January                  normal timetable resumes

For further information contact Stagecoach on Tel. 0345 121 0190 www.stagecoachbus.com

National Express Coaches

Coaches run throughout the Christmas and New Year period. See www.nationalexpress.com for times and routes. Pre-booking advised.


 Parking

Winchester Park and Ride service will be operating the following timetable.

Christmas Eve         Enhanced service
Christmas Day          No service
Boxing Day               No service
27 December            Saturday service
28 December            Saturday service
29 December            No service
30 December            Saturday service
New Year’s Eve        Saturday service
New Year’s Day       No service
2 January                 Normal service resumes

Most City Centre car parks are accessible throughout the festive period with free parking on all Sundays and Bank/Public holidays. Find out more information about our car parks here.


The Tourist Information Centre will be closed from 2pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on Thursday 2 January at 10am.

Information on Winchester is available 24 hours a day on our website located at www.visitwinchester.co.uk

We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.


Please note all information has been provided in good faith, we advise you to check attractions or public transport providers before travelling.