Winchester Visitor information

Winchester

An Introduction to Winchester

Winchester is a heritage destination with many attractions and architecture. This culturally rich medieval city is also the former capital city of England.

Things to do in Winchester

Winchester holds a range of festivals and boasts an array of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries. Historical attractions include the 900 year old Winchester Cathedral, the legendary Arthurian Round Table, Wolvesley Castle and the Westgate at the top of Winchester's High Street, a fortified medieval gateway with prisoners' graffiti still on the walls. There is also a wealth of military museums including the Gurkha Museum, Horsepower: The Museum of the King's Royal Hussars and the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum.

Travelling to Winchester

By Road

Winchester is located off Junctions 9 and 10 of the M3. It is also accessible via the A34 from Newbury and Oxford.

By Rail

Winchester is just under an hour by direct train from Waterloo and is easily and quickly accessible from the many other destinations

By Sea

Winchester is a 40 minute drive from Portsmouth's ferry port.

By Air

Winchester is very close to Southampton Airport. London Heathrow is 50 miles away and London Gatwick 72 miles away.

By Coach and Bus

There are regular coach services from London, Heathrow and Oxford with National Express. Stagecoach operate the local bus services.