Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination, with world-class attractions and architecture including a magnificent cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This city is packed with historic buildings, family attractions and green open spaces just waiting to be explored.
Winchester is home to some world-class schools and just an hour out of London. There are homes to suit all tastes, including the Georgian houses of Oram’s Arbor, the grand Victorian homes of St Cross, the quaint cobbled streets near Winchester College, the traditional period homes in Hyde and Fulfood and the up-market new developments west of the city centre. Not to mention the charming cottages of the surrounding villages.
A little bit of history
As the ancient capital of Wessex and a country town of Hampshire, Winchester is the burial place of many of England’s Kings, Queens and Saints, as well as being the last resting place of Jane Austen and Keats.
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Winchester is home to what some believe was King Arthur’s legendary round table.
Our city also boasts a great balance of big name national chains and interesting, unique independent shops. We are spoilt rotten when it comes to interesting markets to browse in Winchester ranging from a shabby chic, bric-a-brac and vintage market to Hampshire Farmers’ Market, on the second and last Sundays of each month with over 90 stalls.
Local supermarkets include Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Things to do
Winchester is steeped in history, which you can explore at one of our many popular local landmarks. Kids will love the playgrounds at Abbey Gardens and Dean Park and feeding the ducks on the lovely river Itchen that flows through River Park. Other great family days out include meeting the animals at Marwell Wildlife, making discoveries at INTECH Science Centre and riding steam trains on the Watercress Line.
There is a thriving arts community in Winchester, thanks partly to the beautiful and inspiring surroundings. In Winchester you can see a play at Theatre Royal or Chesil Theatre, enjoy films at The Everyman Cinema and The Screen, or learn about the history of peace and combat at one our fascinating, famous military museums.
Finally, there are many beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy in and around Winchester, perfect for picnics, dog walking or simply taking in the views.
Eating and drinking
There are cafés, bars and restaurants to suit every taste and occasion in Winchester, whether it’s grabbing food on the hop or enjoying a slap up meal. There is no shortage of pubs either with some most suitable for families, others for sports, a roast or a late night tipple.
Schools in Winchester enjoy an incredible reputation. Many people cite the quality of the local schools as a primary reason for making their home here. At time of writing Ofsted had named 6 Outstanding Primary schools, 14 Good Primary schools, 2 Outstanding Secondary schools and 1 Good Secondary school in the area.
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