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Winchester Visitor Information Centre, Guildhall, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9GH

Tel: 01962 840 500

Winchester - Statue of Alfred the Great


Winchester, Hampshire's historic cathedral city, is one of the oldest settlements in Britain and the ancient capital of the Kingdom of England. Today, Winchester is a fascinating mix of legend, myth, history, and heritage.

As for ancient constructions, the city is dominated by the imposing spire of Winchester Cathedral dates back to 1070 and is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe, with a stunning nave that seems to stretch on forever. 

King Alfred (whose statue stands in central Winchester) is another of the city's most iconic figures. A 13th Century version of the King's legendary Round Table can be found in Winchester Castle. The castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1067, was all but destroyed through the centuries. However, Henry VIII's impressive Great Hall addition still stands today.

While there's plenty to do in Winchester aside from heritage attractions, the city's careful preservation policy means that even shopping in Winchester means popping in to historic buildings. It makes it a wonderful place to go bargain hunting – whether you're thinking antique or boutique!

Things to do in Winchester

  • Marwell Wildlife is one of the best places in the UK to see exotic birds and animals (from tigers and giraffes to meerkats and penguins) in spacious enclosures.
  • Visit the Great Hall – the last remaining structure of Winchester Castle. Here you'll find some exhibitions about the city and castle life, as well as the mock Round Table.
  • Go to the Winchester Discovery Centre for a year round programme of exhibitions and events to suit all tastes.
  • Bombay Sapphire is just a stone's throw away so why not take in the crystal clear water and beautiful natural surroundings as you walk along the River Test.
  • Step into Anglo-Saxon Winchester at 878AD - an immersive experience for all the family. Discover early medieval Wessex and the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon Winchester in this exciting exploration of the city and its history. This two part Anglo-Saxon adventure is brought to life by the spectacular world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla © and its educational experience, Discovery Tour: Viking Age – fun for all ages!
  • Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great.
  • The Gallery at The Arc, is a stunning exhibition space which has a programme of exceptional quality and varied temporary exhibitions including their own curated exhibitions and works from national lenders such as Tate, British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum to name a few. 

Places near Winchester

For more information on towns and villages near Winchester, what to see and attractions near Winchester, explore the local area through the 'what's nearby' listings below.

Nearby attractions include the wonderful Marwell Wildlife or the futuristic and hands-on science exploration centre at the Winchester Science Centre.

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What's Nearby

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    0.13 miles away
  2. 878 AD

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  3. Winchester City Museum

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  1. Winchester College

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  2. City Space at The Arc

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  3. The Arc

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  4. Winchester Castle

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  6. Westgate Museum

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  7. Winchester's Military Museums

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