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- I went back to Winchester Cathedral as I had visited in November and the ticket allows you to return again within the year. Last time we visited the new display area including the Winchester bible and a lot of English history.
This time we took up the offer of a tour, this was led by a lady called Bronwen who was just amazing, her knowledge of the cathedral and the history was incredible and she also had a good sense of humour.Written August 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Interesting visit with the great round table that was used by the Tudors to establish their heritage to the legendary King Arthur. The hall in itself is special, and has an interesting history. The garden is small, but beautiful. No queues and all in all a pleasant visit. The dress-up section was a pleasant and fun extra thing to do, even for a family with older teens.Written July 28, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The St Cross Hospital is historically so significant and so beautiful. There is a lot to see and appreciate -- an institution that is still providing charitable service after so many centuries. The walk from Winchester's centre was a highlight in itself. But what impressed me so much was the friendliness of the place -- the delightful staff in the hospital's café, the reception staff, and the brother whom I was fortunate enough to speak to in the café.Written May 31, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is an excellent venue. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and the displays are very well set out. The workings of the waterwheel itself and the mill are highlights, but the whole experience is excellent.Written August 6, 2022
- Six medium sized men attempted to walk the South Downs Way in June 2021. The trip was delayed for a year by The Bug.
Day 1: Eastbourne to Falmer (23 miles)
We went the inland route via Jevington to avoid the fatiguing Seven Sisters on day 1. It was still a hilly day but it's a beautiful route. The water taps at Alfriston and Southease were welcome on a hot day. We finished at The Swan Inn Falmer as we were staying in Brighton night 1 where I reside. Even our Ultramarathon-running guestwalker was pretty tired by the end.
Day 2: Ditchling Beacon to Houghton (24 miles)
We cut off the few miles from Housedean Farm round the Eastern edge of Brighton and got a taxi direct to Ditchling Beacon. The church at Pyecombe is a brilliant stop for a bit of history. One of our walkers was struggling with his knee and was jettisoned out the back of our relentless march to Amberley. He was able to find a bus at Steyning then a train from Pulborough to meet us at Amberley. Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel provided the obligatory 11am coffee. Apparently the climb from the river Adur up to Chanctonbury Ring was the biggest climb of the whole walk but it wasn't steep so we were unaware at the time. A few pints at the Bridge Inn at Amberley helped to wash away the day's pain. We had a nice dinner at the George and Dragon up the road and stayed at the lovely Southdowns Bunkhouse.
Day 3: Houghton to Sustainability Centre (28 miles)
This was new territory for me. Our morning coffee was at risk but Cadence Cycle Club got the memo and opened a new branch one hour before our arrival at Upwaltham. We continued to Cocking where we met some more guest walkers. Another of our party was finding the going tough post-Cocking so joined the walking wounded in getting a lift part-way to the accommodation. The rest of us ploughed on and enjoyed the change to the more forested areas at Harting Down and Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We were pretty tired by the time we strolled under the A3 to find Butser Hill, the highest point of the walk awaiting us. A tired trudge to the Sustainability Centre and spirits were low on night 3. The Sustainability Centre is properly in the middle of nowhere so if you're arriving out of hours without a vehicle, bring food or have a taxi booked to a pub. We went to the Bat and Ball at Clanfield.
Day 4: Sustainability Centre to Winchester (19 miles)
The easiest day by far. Much flatter and our shortest day. We made it by 2pm into the charming city of Winchester. The end plaque is slightly bizarrely hidden behind a gate in a
flowerbed at Winchester City Mill.
The route is doable and enjoyable in 4 days if you are happy to walk 9-10 hours per day with only short breaks. We were reasonably fit men aged around 40 and not carrying any camping gear. 4 out of 6 of us managed the whole thing. The number one thing I would suggest is taking care of your feet with blister plasters.Written July 2, 2021
- Lovely Zoo. Kids enjoyed it. Annoyed with the payment arrangements within the grounds. Cafe and gift shop only accept card payments. Bit of a nightmare when you've only got cash on you.Written August 8, 2022
- Climbing looks difficult from below, but its actually easily doable. There is amazing views from the top. There is free parking at Garnier road car park and a cafe nearby.Written June 6, 2022
- My son is a teenager with autism, and he loves planetariums. He’s been here many times, and in years gone by you could purchase tickets just for the planetarium screenings. However, starting in lockdown, this became impossible and you had to buy tickets for the science centre if you wanted the right to buy tickets for the planetarium. Now they’ve gone a step further and started charging for parking too. So it ends up costing £60 for a family of 3 to see a 25 minute film. On the plus side, the science centre isn’t totally without merit - my son does love the giant guitar - and it’s nice to be able to access what is a very decent cafe. However, It would be great if we had the option. Especially as the only other major planetarium within range is in Greenwich, located at the top of a hill in the middle of a park, so not exactly easy to get to.Written April 22, 2022
- Our relatives stayed there and we went as guests for a day. We hired bikes with trailers for kids. Amazing experience. The staff at the cycle centre, reception/restaurant were superb! Walking through the meadows is so relaxing. I think it’s truly a nice place. Dust on the car to be expected.Written July 22, 2022
- Fabulous museum, not my first visit and certainly won’t be my last. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and friendly staff that are happy to answer any questions you may have. Set aside a good few hours to take everything in, certainly a must visit if your in Winchester.Written June 4, 2022
- We had an excellent tour of Winchester college. Our guide Kate was superb and quite knowledgeable. She spent extra time with the tour. Winchester college is a wonderful gem in the city of Winchester. We highly recommend that you take the tour, only 8 pounds per person.Written July 17, 2022
- Located in the square adjacent to Winchester cathedral is the City Museum surrounded by cafe's and bars which is a vibrant setting.
The museum is not large and is set over 3 floors, best to start on the top floor which is the Roman period, the middle floor is the anglo-saxon & Norman period and the ground floor is the current day, with a huge model of current day Winchester.
It used to be free but post covid there is a charge to get in, it is well worth a visit if you enjoy British history.Written August 3, 2022
- Lovely old ruins tucked behind the current Bishops House. Very interesting visit. So informative of the part the old castle played in English heritage. So much better than a school book. You could imagine just how it looked in days gone by.Written June 30, 2022
- Impressive statue facing down the main shopping street. Not seen many statues recognising him before.Written June 26, 2022
- In Round Table we have booked the Gurkha Restaurant located on the floor above the Gurkha Museum many times since the 1990s. That said we had not been for many years, so when we had the opportunity for A Gurkhas take on Burns Night, we had to do it. I believe there were 60 guests attending in 'Black Tie' The service was absolutely 'First Class' which is why the Armed Forces look towards The Gurkhas as they do, (just a shame the government dismiss their previously dedicated input, when they retire). The food was lovely, the venue is lovely, and everyone was chatting to each other.Written February 5, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Winchester
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- Jane Austen's House Museum and Historic Winchester: Private Tour from London
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- Full Day Excursion to Winchester in an Iconic London Black Cab
- Windsor,Stonehenge & Winchester Luxurious Executive Vehicle Private Tour