Looking for things to do in Winchester?
From the iconic King Alfred Statue to the 15th century Buttercross monument, the cobbled streets of the ex-capital of England is a jewel in Hampshire’s crown. Who doesn’t like a romantic, historic, pretty city to explore?
Much like it’s pretty stone carved counterparts Winchester offers all the charm of Oxford, Bath and Cambridge but with the benefit of being much smaller.
Don’t get me wrong, you’ll need your comfy walking shoes on but you’ll squeeze a fantastic amount of the city in just one day or weekend.
It’s also home to a thriving independent food and coffee scene too. Rather than trying to fit it all in one giant post, I’ll be following this up with a post all about the great restaurants and cafes in Winchester too, so keep an eye out for this.
Here’s your guide to fun, historic and cultural things to do in the city, all written from personal experience, to help you plan your next trip.
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Winchester Discovery Centre and Library is an excellent Hampshire resource and one to put on your travel map. Why? The Gallery gets incredible national exhibitions and art shows that are well worth stopping by.
Recently they’ve had exhibitions from famous storyteller and illustrator Raymond Briggs, Bafta winning artist Jonny Hannah and international photographer Paul Joyce.
This is a great gem to keep an eye on as there’s usually something really interesting to go and see.
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Winchester City Museum curates the vast history of the city, once the capital of the UK. From Roman mosaics to Saxon and Victorian history, you’ll find out the key and varied events in Winchester’s history.
Great to add in to a morning or afternoon pottering around the city, take a look…
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St. Giles Hill offers breath-taking views of Winchester, literally and figuratively. The climb to the top is steep, it’s a lot of stairs but, totally worth it because of THAT view!
Tie this into a wider walk and you’ll see the city like never before, you’ll find everything you need to know in this post.
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The Westgate Museum in Winchester serves up glorious views and a slice of history. It’s small but leaves a big impact and is a great way to see a different side of the city.
Enter through the hidden side door and climb up the stone staircase for all to be revealed!
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Winchester’s Military Quarter is home to six military museums. BUT, I’d argue the real draw here is the beautifully romantic landscaped setting.
Looking for a hidden garden right off the high street? This is for you.
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AD Have you ever tried authentic Malaysian food? Lucky Lychee is serving up incredible Malay, Thai and Chinese food in the heart of Winchester.
Chefs Nicole and James are the couple that form the dynamic Lucky Lychee duo. Nicole is from Kuala Lumpur and James previously worked there and together they’ve brought authentic Malaysian recipes to Hampshire.
Bao Buns, Sweet and Sour and Malaysian curries packed full of flavour, with the odd fusion dish adding a surprise twist and reinvention to classic dishes. Find out why this needs to be the next place you visit in Winchester…
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Josie’s offers all day breakfast at its cafes in Bishop’s Waltham, Winchester, Petersfield and Romsey.
These family run independent coffee shops across Hampshire are a firm favourite with the local brunch crowd.
Well known for it’s large fully loaded pancake stacks and excellent market town locations Josie’s is the kind of place you’ll queue for (and, trust me, every weekend people do!).
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The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester is a stunning cafe in the heart of the city centre.
A solid breakfast brunch and lunch offering, strong coffee and stellar setting makes the cafe a great all rounder, crowd pleaser and popular recommendation.
Get this on your ‘must visit’ list pronto, here’s why…
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The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is an Almshouse of Noble Poverty. It’s a church, once also a hospital but also a home to two orders of brothers.
It’s such a beautiful place, in a gorgeous setting, it’s no wonder it’s been used by a variety of production companies for filming. One of the most notable and recent was the television show Wolf Hall.
I didn’t know you could visit until one year I went to the Christmas market with my Aunt and discovered it.
Looking for somewhere new to visit? Discover The Hospital of St Cross…