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Things to do


From world class attractions and architecture, unrivalled shopping and delicious dining, to countryside trails for walking and cycling – there’s plenty to do in and around Winchester.

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For a taste of what to expect…

Take a look at our Visit Winchester: Attractions film for a stunning showcase of some of the unmissable attractions that the beautiful Winchester district has to offer visitors. Fyfe Dangerfield’s track ‘She Needs Me’ lets you know just why Winchester is where you want to be.

Explore the medieval streets of Winchester and admire the history of Winchester Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle and Winchester City Mill before strolling along the River Itchen to The Hospital of St Cross. Why not end your day with an evening of comedy, theatre, ballet or opera at one of Winchester’s entertainment venues in the cultural quarter of the city.

Firmly established as a foodie destination, make sure you visit the largest Farmers’ Market in the UK or indulge in a pub lunch and sit beside a roaring log fire.

You’ll find something to suit you, whether you’re a lover of the great outdoors looking for an active holiday, or simply want to spend a romantic weekend exploring Winchester’s history and heritage.

Why not extend your stay so you can make the most of the beautiful countryside and idyllic villages surrounding Winchester?

Hire a bike or simply take a stroll through the South Downs National Park, taking in some of the most breathtaking views across Hampshire.

You’ll find plenty of attractions outside of the city to keep the whole family amused. Enjoy a free day out at Fort Nelson – a unique Victorian Fort and home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery – the Big Guns. For a nostalgic day out take a ride on the restored steam trains at the Mid Hants Railway, stopping off to explore the beautiful market town of Alresford. Or step into Africa and meet some of the most fascinating animals on earth at Marwell Zoo.

With ideas for great days out, places to eat, shopping ideas and a list of accommodation in the Winchester district, the Winchester visitor guide will help you plan your trip to Winchester. There’s also a special section on the South Downs National Park (Hampshire area). You can download  or request a hard copy of the guide and many more of our trails and leaflets using our online form.