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Guided walking tours of Winchester

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Address: Tours depart from Winchester Visitor Information Centre, Guildhall Winchester, SO23 9GH
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It is with regret that following the government’s advice in the wake of coronavirus we have suspended all Winchester Guided Tours until further notice. The safety and health of our visitors and guides is of the utmost importance to us so we are taking this measure to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please check back here for updates, or contact the Visitor Information Centre:

Tel: 01962 840500

Thank you for your understanding.

An excellent way to become acquainted with the city is to join a guided tour with one of Winchester’s official tourist guides who regularly lead groups around the city and wider district.

Winchester’s official tourist guides have been guiding in Winchester for more than 30 years. All guides have undergone rigorous training and are accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

The Green Badge guides are qualified to take tours in Winchester and the surrounding district whereas Blue Badge guides are qualified to guide across a wider area, e.g. Southern England, London or the West Country.

Common to all guides is a genuine enthusiasm for their city and the desire to bring it alive for both visitors and residents alike.

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Please note that these tours are presently suspended until further notice.

Regular tours take place throughout the year, departing from the visitor information centre and lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets can be bought on the day from Winchester Visitor Information Centre.

Discover Upper Winchester takes you around the centre of Winchester, passing the cathedral, along the historic High Street to Westgate, the Great Hall and Round Table, the site of Winchester’s Castle and King Charles II’s Royal Palace.
Ticket price: £8 for adults with accompanied children free. This ticket includes discounted entry to The Great Hall.

Discover Lower Winchester follows the River Itchen before going passed Wolvesey Castle, Winchester College, Jane Austen’s house and the Cathedral Close.
Ticket price: £6.50 with accompanying children free.

Tours do not go inside the cathedral & are accessible to wheelchair users.

For a full timetable of City Walking Tours please click here.

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Winchester is alive with natural, historic and architectural treasures. Join one of the many special interest tours to explore aspects of our city’s rich heritage in more depth. Tours start from the visitor information centre and last 1 ½ hours.

Subjects include Hidden Railways, Medieval Jewish Winchester, Winchester for Locals and Children’s Tours. Prices for these tours vary and can be booked at the visitor information centre.

Advance booking via the visitor information centre is advisable, a £1 postage fee is applicable for tickets sent out.

Please email the visitor information centre on tourism@winchester.gov.uk or telephone on 01962 840 500 for more information.

For a full timetable of Special Interest Tours please click here.

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If you are coming with a group, why not book your own private tour?

Private or group tours can be arranged for any number of people, catering for special interests and foreign languages.

Many ready-made themed tours are available,  ranging from Royal Scandals, the Battle of Cheriton, Sherlock Holmes and Literary Winchester to Jane Austen’s Winchester. The guides will always try to meet your own requirements given adequate notice.

Prices start from £80 for a standard 90 minute tour. Alternatively why not make the most of your visit by extending your tour to a half- or full-day with a tailored itinerary and built-in refreshment stops.

To book a guided tour please complete the Guided Tour Booking Form and return this to tourism@winchester.gov.uk .  Alternatively contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01962 840 500 for more information.

For full details on how to book a guided tour please click here.

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