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Rediscover your love of the Winchester District…

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The Winchester district is responding to the governments latestCOVID-19 regulations.


This means you must stay at home, except for essential purposes such as for work, medical reasons or to shop for food.

You cannot meet other people indoors, unless they are members of your household or part of your support bubble. Outdoors,  residents can only meet one person from another household.

You should not travel out of your area from another part of the UK, other than for reasons such as:

  • travel to work where you cannot work from home
  • travel to education and for caring responsibilities
  • to visit (including staying overnight with) those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • to attend hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health

Find out more about the restrictions here.

Don’t forget – if you need health advice, the best place to visit is the NHS website.

Last updated: 11 January 2021

For now, go on a virtual 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.

‘Know before you go’ – plan your trip

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.

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For up to date national guidance please see:

UK Government website
NHS coronavirus webpages

‘We’re good to go’ – looking after you

Many of our  hospitality and tourism businesses across the Winchester district are looking forward to welcome you back soon. 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.

Visitors and staff in the square at cafes

(c) Robin Creative

Tourism businesses looking for guidance please refer to our pages for local businesses.