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Winchester
Travel Guide

Winchester featuring heritage architecture and a fountain

This peaceful town embraces its enthralling history with museums full of ancient relics and streets lined with medieval architecture.

Be surrounded by Winchester’s past as you stroll down the city’s narrow streets, where the stories of Roman rulers and Saxon kings are interwoven with today’s family-run pubs and elegant Tudor houses. Admire grand cathedrals and mysterious ruins or discover the legend of King Arthur.

In the center of town, Winchester Cathedral provides the perfect first glimpse of this old city. The vast central vault and tall towers are a striking sight, while inside the long nave you will find exquisite carved-oak choir stalls. Venture deeper to view magnificent artwork and one of the few 12th-century bibles left in England.

If the cathedral’s amazing past has got your mind racing, head to the City Museum nearby. Three exhibition spaces guide you from Roman settlement all the way to World War II. Don’t miss the exhibition of ancient coins and the reconstructed Victorian street.

The lively hub of High Street lies to the north of the museum and provides a good chance to stop for some refreshment. Try a local beer or enjoy a roast dinner at one of the friendly pubs.

Visit the Westgate Museum, making sure to step through the only remaining city gate in Winchester, then continue onward to the Great Hall. Formerly part of a superb 11th-century castle, the hall now holds the round table, one of the region’s most important treasures. According to the famous legend, King Arthur would sit here with his 12 knights and discuss battle plans.

Take a short stroll south to view Wolvesey Castle, an impressive landmark that has not stood the test of time so well. Walk through the courtyard and imagine the broken arches and lengths of stone as the grand halls and turrets that once stood here.

Winchester is a 2-hour drive southwest of London. Stay at a luxurious hotel or one of the elegant guesthouses. At the beginning of July the Winchester Hat Fair turns the city into a festival of street theater and music.

Norton Park
Norton Park
4 out of 5
Sutton Scotney, Winchester, England
The price is ¥9,982 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of North Wessex Downs, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, and University of Winchester. Whitchurch ...
4/5Very Good! (671 reviews)
"Nice grounds, rooms ok, place is busy and low on staff. The staff that are there are generally friendly, talkative and try. Bartender was particuarly accomodating and lit a heater for us. Some guests had what seemed like long waits, and found service less helpful. Couldnt fit in treatments and hotel ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Norton Park
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Worthy Lane, Winchester, England
The price is ¥14,577 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in the heart of Winchester, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal Winchester and Winchester Cathedral. University of Winchester ...
4.1/5Very Good! (875 reviews)
"Location excellent. Room cleanliness disappointing."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

The Winchester Hotel & Spa
Marwell Hotel
Marwell Hotel
3 out of 5
Thompson Lane, Winchester, England
The price is ¥11,683 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Marwell Zoo and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground and University of Winchester. ...
3.8/5Good! (807 reviews)
Great family hotel
"The hotel was clean and very family friendly. We stayed to celebrate my son's 5th birthday and it was over the Halloween half term week so the hotel had decorations and a pumpkin hunt. We also got activity packs upon check in which were a lifesaver to entertain the kids during meal times. The hotel ..."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Marwell Hotel
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Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Portsmouth, ENG
Situated in Portsmouth, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fratton Park and Portsmouth International Port. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth ...
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Horseshoe Apartments
Horseshoe Apartments
Portsmouth, ENG
Located in Southsea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect position in the city.
"Let’s get rid of the negative as the positives out way them. Dish cloth and toilet brush were dirty. Kitchen cupboard needs fixing. Now all the positives...the flat was in an excellent position in the city for the beach, city centre, old Portsmouth, gunwarf and the kings theatre. The flat was clean ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Horseshoe Apartments
Old Victory House
Old Victory House
3 out of 5
25 Ordnance Row, Portsmouth, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth ...
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
Top location with free parking
"Great location for the docks and shopping. Parking permit a bonus and room and shower room nice a clean."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Old Victory House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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