The ancient capital of Alfred's Saxon kingdom, Winchester is especially rewarding for visitors to explore on foot. In the streets around the beautiful cathedral and its close, there are old pubs, tea rooms. and restaurants offering food for all tastes. The pedestrian precinct and its side streets have many tempting small shops, including book and clothes shops, delicatessen, galleries and craft shops.
Winchester is an excellent centre for walking, famed as the start of the Pilgrim's Way, but now a stopping point on many long distance walks. A towpath leads out to St Catherines Hill , (close to Twyford Down) and there is a new 'Keats' walk through the water-meadows beyond the ancient town walls and Winchester College to St Cross. Across the River Itchen a steep walk on St Gile's Hill leads up to a viewpoint over the city.
Winchester is home to numerous museums and art galleries, as well as the legendary 'Arthurian' Round Table in the Great Hall of the old castle. It has a popular leisure centre, and successful theatre.
The city has a park and ride service operating from the Eastern approaches. For just one pound visitors can park near to the M3 and driver and passengers can use a rapid and frequent new bus service into and around the city all day. Help is available for disabled visitors through a 'Shopmobility' scheme.
Avington Park Parkland in the Itchen Valley
Avington Park House
The Brooks Experience Roman and Medieval Winchester
Clarendon Way Winchester to Salisbury walk
Farley Mount Country Park
The Great Hall and The Round Table
Gurkha' s Museum
Hampshire Regiment Museum
Intech Interactive Technology Exhibition
Marwell Zoological Park
Queen Eleanor's Garden
Royal Green Jackets Museum
St Cross England's oldest Almshouse
St Catherines Hill
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
South Downs Way Hampshire to Sussex walk
Winchester's Military Museum
Wolvesey Old Bishop's Palace
Tourist and Other Information sources
Local Tourist Information:
Tourist Information Centre,
Telephone: (01962) 840500
Winchester City Council,
Telephone: (01962) 840222