Hampshire

Walking Winchester

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Overview

Explore fifteen centuries of history at Winchester Cathedral before moving on to The Great Hall and Winchester’s Military Museums. Stroll the water meadows and enjoy the peace of the Hospital of St. Cross and then return to the smart shops of the city centre and King Alfred’s statue.

Winchester Cathedral

At over 1000 years old and one of Europe’s largest cathedrals, Winchester Cathedral is a spectacular sight. Take a guided tour or explore on your own – you’ll find medieval carvings, the Winchester Bible, 12th century paintings, a children’s trail, not to mention the Cathedral Café!

Rifles Museum

In a museum packed with over 40,000 artefacts you can discover the history of The Royal Green Jackets formed in 1958 but able to trace its history from the storming of Quebec and the Rifle Brigade’s exploits in the Peninsular War. Explore the medals, uniforms, weapons and models that make up this display as part of Winchester’s Military Museums.

Military Museums

Peninsula Barracks is home to a collection of six museums that make up Winchester’s Military Museums; Horsepower – The Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars, The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum, The Gurkha Museum, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, The Rifles Collection and The Royal Hampshire Regiment.

The Great Hall

As the last remains of Winchester Castle, The Great Hall, you can explore the legend of King Arthur’s Round Table. Visit this fine example of a 13th century aisled hall to explore the secret passageways, try on costumes and even put your head on the executioners block!

Regiment Museum

Trace the history of The Royal Hampshire Regiment through the years as you tour the museum. Discover the uniforms, medals, weapons and military artefacts inside and then tour the memorial garden outside where you will find the Regiment’s crest on the wrought iron gates.

The Hospital of St Cross

The ancient Hospital of St. Cross & Almshouses of Noble Poverty lie in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen at the foot of St. Catherine’s Hill. You may recognise the medieval almshouse buildings, Norman church and peaceful surroundings from TV’s “Wolf Hall”. From here head back into the city Winchester.

King Alfred

The magnificent bronze statue of King Alfred is part of the City Walk trail around Winchester. One of the most recognisable landmarks in Winchester, the 17 feet tall statue celebrates King Alfred the Great and stands close the River Itchen.

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What to see and do…

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The Cricketers

Cricketers Inn, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6PZ

Rock Up Hampshire

Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7PD

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

About the Walking Winchester Trail

Distance: 5 miles
Cites / Towns: 7
Number Of Businesses: 9

Enjoy this scenic walk of just over 3 miles to explore the vibrant city heart of Winchester, starting at the towering Winchester Cathedral before making your way up the hill to Winchester’s Military Museums – a collection of six museums detailing some of Hampshire’s rich military heritage. Take in the Great Hall, all that remains of Winchester Castle, before heading downhill towards the water meadows to visit the medieval Hospital of St. Cross and the Almshouses of Noble Poverty, before venturing back into Winchester to take in the bronze statue of King Alfred the Great.

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Military History

Explore Winchester’s military history on a walk around the city. With six museums and thousands of artefacts on display there is enough to keep you occupied for hours! Both educational and fun there is much to see for children and adults alike!

Historic Winchester

Take in the history of Winchester with this walk around the city. Take in the cathedral, the Great Hall and its legends of King Arthur. A walk out to the Hospital of St. Cross will take you to the medieval setting of TV’s Wolf Hall. Winchester is well provided with eateries and hostelries, useful for tackling the hilly parts of the town in stages !

Capital Cathedral

Well it used to be - Winchester used to be the capital of England before the capital transferred to London under William the Conqueror. Opened in 1089 the Winchester Cathedral is a magnificent Gothic building where you can take a tower tour, discover Jane Austen’s grave and numerous other activities.

Also Nearby

The Cricketers

Cricketers Inn, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6PZ

Rock Up Hampshire

Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7PD

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ