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Christmas and Twixmas 2023 – useful information

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Here is some useful information and website links to help you plan your days over the Christmas and New Year period – as attraction opening hours, public transport and park and ride services, may differ at this time.

Please note the Visitor Information Centre is closed for the festive break (closed 5pm Friday 22 December and reopening 10am Tuesday 2 January 2024), many of the city’s attractions are open.

Take a look below for information that may be helpful during your visit this Christmas. You can download a copy of our city centre map here.

Many of the attractions are open every day apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Check below for closures and standard opening hours. Before you visit remember to check the website of the place you are going to for any last minute updates.

City Centre Attractions

878 AD
Tel: 01962 454 505
www.878ad.co.uk/your-visit/#opening-times
Closed Sunday 24, Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January.
Normal opening times apply during other periods (10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sundays)

Winchester City Mill
Tel: 01962 870 057
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/hampshire/winchester-city-mill
Normal opening times apply (Wednesday – Sunday 10am to 4pm).

Winchester City Museum
Tel: 01962 863 064
www.hampshireculture.org.uk/winchester-city-museum
Closed Sunday 24, Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January.
Normal opening times apply during other periods (10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sundays).

Great Hall
Tel: 01962 846 476
www.hants.gov.uk/greathall
Closed from Friday 15 December until Tuesday 26 December.
Wednesday 27 December onwards normal opening times apply (Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm).

Winchester College
Tel: 01962 621209
www.winchestercollege.org/visit-us
Closed from 17 December until Monday 1 January.
Tuesday 2 January onwards, normal opening times apply, see website for tour times.

The Arc
Tel: 01962 398 046
www.arcwinchester.org.uk/your-visit
Saturday 23 Dec: 9am – 5pm
Sunday 24 Dec: 11am – 3pm
Monday 25 Dec: CLOSED
Tuesday 26 Dec: CLOSED
Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 Dec: 9am – 5pm
Sunday 31 Dec: 11am – 3pm
Monday 1 Jan: CLOSED
Tuesday 2 Jan onwards: 9am – 5pm

Winchester Cathedral
Tel: 01962 857 200
www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk
Saturday 23 Dec: Open for services only
Sunday 24 Dec: Open for services only
Monday 25 Dec: Open for services only
Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 Dec: Open as usual but closing at 4:30pm

Hospital of St Cross
Tel: 01962 878 218
www.hospitalofstcross.co.uk
Closed Sunday 24, Monday 25 December. Normal opening times apply all other times (Monday – Saturday 10:30am- 3:30pm).

Winchester Military Museums
General Tel: 01962 877 826
www.winchestermilitarymuseums.co.uk

The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum: Closed from 17 December until February 2024

Horse Power Museum: Closed from 17 December, re-opening Monday 8 January

Gurkha Museum: Closed from 24 December, re-opening Tuesday 2 January

The Rifles & Royal Green Jackets Museum: Closed from 18 December, re-opening Tuesday 2 January

AGC Museum: Closed from 24 December, re-opening Tuesday 2 January

Other Attractions

Marwell Zoo
Tel: 01962 777 407
www.marwell.org.uk/plan-your-visit/planning-your-visit-to-marwell/
Sunday 24 Dec: Open 10am – 4pm
Monday 25 Dec – Tuesday 26 Dec: Closed
Wednesday 27 Dec – Saturday 30 Dec: Member only access 1pm – 4pm
From Sunday 31 Dec: Open 10am – 4pm

Winchester Science Centre
Tel: 01962 863 791
www.winchestersciencecentre.org/visiting/opening-times
Sunday 24 Dec – Wednesday 27 Dec: Closed
From Thursday 28 Dec normal opening times: 9:30am to 5pm
**All tickets must be booked online in advance – you can even book on the day of your visit if there’s space**

The Watercress Line
Tel: 01962 733 810
www.watercressline.co.uk/timetables-prices/
Sunday 24 Dec – Tuesday 26 Dec: Closed
Steam Illuminations event from Wednesday 27 Dec – Sunday 31 December
Monday 1 January – Thursday 4 January: Closed
Steam Illuminations event from Friday 5 – Saturday 6 January
**All tickets must be booked online in advance **

Chawton House
Tel: 01420 541 010
www.chawtonhouse.org
Sunday 24 Dec – Tuesday 26 Dec: Closed
Wednesday 27 Dec – Monday 1 January 11am – 6:30pm

Jane Austen’s House
Tel: 01420 83262
www.janeaustens.house
Sunday 17 Dec – Wednesday 27 Dec: Closed
Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 December: Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 31 Dec: Closed
Open weekends only from 6 Jan

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Tel: 01329 233 734
www.royalarmouries.org/fort-nelson
Sunday 24 Dec – Tuesday 26 Dec: Closed
Open daily 10am to 4pm

Please note that the information provided is a guide and we recommend checking with individual attractions before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Events taking place in the district

Stagecoach Buses – www.stagecoachbus.com

Sunday 24 Dec: Sunday service with earlier finish on some services

Monday 25 Dec: No service

Tuesday 26 Dec: No service

Wednesday 27 – 30 Dec: Saturday service

Sunday 31 Dec: Sunday service with all services finishing by 8pm

Monday 1 Jan: No service

Tuesday 2 Jan: Normal service resumes

Bluestar Buses (to Southampton) – www.bluestarbus.co.uk

Sunday 24 Dec: Sunday service

Monday 25 Dec: Limited service (see website)

Tuesday 26 Dec: Sunday service

Wednesday 27 – 30 Dec: Saturday service

Sunday 31 Dec: Sunday service

Monday 1 Jan: Sunday service

Tuesday 2 Jan: Normal service resumes

Southwestern Trains – www.southwesternrailway.com

Sunday 24 Dec: Sunday service with earlier finish on some services

Monday 25 Dec: No service

Tuesday 26 Dec: No service

Wednesday 27 – 30 Dec: Revised Saturday service

Sunday 31 Dec: Revised Sunday service

Monday 1 Jan: Revised Sunday service

Tuesday 2 Jan: Normal service resumes

Taxis

Taxi services will operate over the festive period but it is recommended that you pre-book.  Local companies include but are not limited to:

Wintax Taxis: 01962 878 727

Wessex Cars: 01962 877 749

Parking

Please be aware that there will still be a charge to park in city centre carparks over the Christmas and New Year period. For further information please visit www.winchester.gov.uk/parking

Other useful websites:

National train times www.nationalrail.co.uk

National Express information www.nationalexpress.com

Travel information www.traveline.info