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The Arc Winchester

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Address: The Arc, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB
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Formerly Winchester Discovery Centre and set in an iconic, Grade II listed building on the city’s Jewry Street, The Arc is a partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire County Council. With upgraded facilities and revamped spaces; a joint vision and ambition to develop The Arc as a unique cultural destination.

Offering unique, quality experiences to all. The Arc is the place to come together to experience arts, reading and community under one roof, in the heart of Winchester.

From live music, comedy and family theatre shows, to high-quality art exhibitions and classes for all ages, The Arc is taking forward the venue’s rich history as a live-performance venue and is also home to one of Hampshire’s most popular libraries, Winchester Library.

The Arc’s new digital lab features state-of-the-art iMacs and offers introductory and advanced digital classes for all ages.

The updated café has a new menu offering light meals and refreshments throughout the day. Plus products to accompany a programme of world-class exhibitions are available to browse and buy in The Arc’s shop.

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By foot

The Arc is located on Jewry Street near the city centre, next to the Theatre Royal.

Public transport

A short, 10 minute walk from Winchester railway station. The Arc has its own bus stop, directly outside the main door. Winchester bus station is a 10 minute walk.


There are bike racks situated outside the front of the building. Please check routes before travelling.

By car

A car park, with wheelchair accessible parking, is located on the left hand side and rear of the The Arc, postcode SO23 8SB.

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Library, Café, Galleries, Performance Hall, Learning Spaces.

A range of flexible spaces available for hire including the 175-seat Performance Hall, two light, airy learning rooms, meeting rooms and a café. All these facilities are available for private hire. Contact The Arc for availability, dates and pricing.

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Access to the library services and City Space gallery is free.

Admission prices for shows and exhibitions in The Gallery may vary – please check The Arc website before visiting.

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Monday – Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Please note: The library is self-service every Wednesday from 1:30pm – 5:00pm and all day Sundays.

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There are two Blue Badge parking bays in the Jewry Street Car Park next to The Arc which are directly opposite the accessible entrance.

Parking is free for Blue Badge holders. For full details, please visit

There is free WiFi available, accessible IT, accessible toilets, hearing loops and wheelchairs are available to use within the building for customers with mobility restrictions.

Assistance dogs are welcome, as long as they are clearly identifiable. Performance hall seats are 45cm wide and hold a maximum load of 1,600 Newtons, which is 25.69 stone or 163.14 kgs.

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