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Winchester Discovery Centre

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Due to current National Restrictions to minimise the spread of COVID-19 some of the services offered by Winchester Discovery Centre are affected. Please visit the COVID-19 page of their website for further information. 

The library in the Winchester Discovery Centre reopened for browsing on Monday 12th April.

A world-class centre for creativity, learning and culture.

Every year more than half a million visitors pass through Winchester Discovery Centre’s doors, making it one of the city’s most visited destinations.

It’s home to Winchester’s main library so an ideal place to discover more about the area’s rich and ancient history.  It also houses an 180 seat theatre which features tours from acclaimed singers, musicians and performers.  With more than 150 events, gigs, concerts, talks, shows and exhibitions taking place every month, you’re sure to find something to suit.

A short hop from the railway station and the city’s high street, Winchester Discovery Centre is also home to a tourist information centre as well as free Wi-Fi.

Two public art galleries host free touring exhibitions organised by the Hampshire Cultural Trust: last year featured Jane Austen, Iron Age jewellery and artist JMW Turner. There’s also a large separate children’s section in the library with activities and puzzles to keep youngsters entertained.

The café, with its vast floor to ceiling windows and a 19 metre tapestry by artist Alice Kettle, makes an outstanding venue for a coffee or a well-earned lunch.  The centre’s gift shop sells a unique range of souvenirs, literary gifts and distinctive cards.

Winchester Discovery Centre is based in the historic Corn Exchange building at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.

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  • Library
  • Separate children’s library area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Digital library which can be downloaded for free
  • 175 seat theatre
  • Two free public art galleries
  • Café
  • Gift shop
  • Tourist information
  • IT suite
  • Conference facilities for up to 200 with up to an additional 5 rooms to hire
  • Full audio-visual and performance facilities
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Winchester Discovery Centre – 10% off cafe

10% off the Discovery Centre cafe. Why not stop for a bite to eat, while exploring what the Discovery Centre has to offer?

Download a copy of the voucher here.

You can also download the Winchester Visitor Map to get this special offer and many more.

Request a hard copy

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Reads Reads is a service introduced at a time when the library network cannot open as normal. Library teams handpick books, according to your preferences, for you to collect from your local library.

During lockdown the following facilities are available, however, always check the website for the most up-to-date information.

  1. Collection of reservations
  2. Collection of Ready Reads
  3. Returns
  4. Out of hours returns bin

Browsing, remote printing and in-branch transactions such as renewals and payment of fines are not possible at this time.

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Access to the library and gallery spaces is free.

Ticket prices for shows vary, please see the website for more details.

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Please see the website for details of current opening hours.

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By foot

Winchester Discovery Centre is located on Jewry Street near the city centre, next to the Theatre Royal.

Public transport

Winchester railway station is a five minute walk away and the Discovery Centre has its own bus stop, directly outside the main door.  The bus station is a 10 minute walk.

By car

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

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Fully wheelchair accessible – ramped access throughout
Hearing loop
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Full accessibility information can be found on the website below:

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