Things to do in Winchester

Things to do in Winchester

6 iconic local spots
Forest Holidays


1. Take a cathedral tour

Winchester Cathedral is a magnificent gothic building with a fascinating history dating back to 642 AD. Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral and discover its secrets.

Exterior view of Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

2. Visit a historic local pub

The Wykeham Arms is a famous Winchester pub which started off as a coaching inn in 1755. This is a perfect place to enjoy a pint with the locals. The Wykeham Arms has a tasty seasonal menu, an extensive wine list, and a tea list to accompany afternoon tea in the St George Tea Room.

3. Explore Blackwood Forest

Enjoy some time in nature, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of Hampshire’s leafy Blackwood Forest. There are plenty of woodland walking trails and cycle paths, and the family  hot tub log cabin accommodation will lend a truly magical feel to your stay.

Family cycling in Blackwood forest

Cycling at Blackwood Forest

4. Spark your little one’s imagination

A trip to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is the perfect day out for families visiting the city. This interactive science and technology centre boasts the biggest standalone planetarium in the UK. There’s so much to explore, including live science shows and hands-on exhibits.

Boy inside a space suit at Winchester Science Centre Planetarium

Spaceman for the day at Winchester Science Centre Planetarium

5. Meet Exotic Animals

Another of the most popular things to do with kids in Winchester – visit Marwell Zoo for a day of fun and learning. Marwell Wildlife works to conserve species and habitats, and the zoo looks after a wide range of exotic and endangered animals. Here you’ll see white rhino, Amur tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards and more.

Boy sat with lemurs at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo Lemur experience

6. Discover The Great Hall

History and culture buffs will enjoy a visit to the last remaining piece of Winchester Castle, which is home to King Arthur’s legendary Round Table. Visitors to The Great Hall can explore Queen Eleanor’s Garden full of 13th Century foliage, take part in trials and quests based on Arthurian legends, and take selfies in some of the amazing costumes available.

Hallway entrance at Winchester Castle

The Great Hall at Winchester Castle

These are just a few of the iconic landmarks to check off your Winchester holiday list – from local shopping to riverside walks, there is much more to do in Winchester, and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local attractions.