Across the Winchester District our attractions, shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers can’t wait to welcome you back. We’re all eager to explore further afield and rediscover what is on our doorstep and we want to help you responsibly enjoy your time here – so we’ve got a few hints and tips for you to make sure you have a great trip with us.
The government has set out plans for the end of lockdown in England, and a return to a tougher three-tier system of restrictions.
The current lockdown will end just after midnight on Wednesday 2 December. Hampshire, including Winchester, is in tier two (high) – find out what local restrictions are in place here. This will be formally reviewed every 14 days. More details of the plan are here.
Start your exploration of our historic city, vibrant market towns and beautiful villages – all surrounded by the great outdoors, with our video…
As you can see from the video our district is unspoilt, so please help us to keep it this way. We urge visitors to “Respect, Protect and Enjoy” when visiting Winchester, its surrounding countryside and market towns. This can be done by treating your destination as how you would like to find it.
To make it easier for you we strongly advise that you plan ahead and check directly with any relevant attraction/eatery/accommodation provider or venue before making plans to visit. It could be that an attraction is only offering pre-booked tickets, a hotel may have a new check-in process or a restaurant is only taking card payments. Things may be different to normal and could take a little longer – but while you are waiting take time to sit back and enjoy the views of Winchester.
We also urge visitors to “Respect, Protect and Enjoy” when visiting Winchester, its surrounding countryside and market towns. This can be done by treating your destination, like how you would like to find it.
Please follow government guidance: Social distancing and regular hand washing remain the key two actions that can help protect everyone; and many businesses are providing extra hygiene COVID Secure protocols to make sure their staff and customers are protected. Please follow and respect any additional measures put in place and wear a face covering when required. Help to keep our beautiful district clean and please take your litter home with you.
If you are feeling ill before your visit please do not travel. If you feel unwell on holiday you must immediately order a test and inform your accommodation provider.
For up to date national guidance please see:
Many of our hospitality and tourism businesses across the Winchester district are already open and excited to welcome you. Tourism businesses have been working hard to ensure that you feel reassured and at ease whilst making sure you have plenty of fun and will be adopting Visit England’s industry standard mark ‘We’re good to go’.
The new mark is a way of supporting tourism businesses and providing reassurance to you by letting you know which businesses have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings, including social distancing measures and staff training. So look out for the accreditation when planing your visit – it is given to businesses that are able to demonstrate adhering to Government and public health guidelines, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and have the necessary processes in place.
If you are a regular visitor to Winchester’s attractions, a fan of our local dining experiences, or have stayed with one of our accommodation providers before, there may be some different processes in place compared to previous visits.
Tourism businesses looking for guidance please refer to our pages for local businesses.