Historic Winchester

Explore the streets of Winchester to discover the history, stories and unmissable landmarks of King Alfred’s city, the ancient capital of England.

A city with Roman roots, Winchester’s history is rich and long, with each chapter etched into its very fabric: from ancient walls to its stunning Norman Cathedral, the medieval Round Table to a magnificent military past.

Immerse yourself in Winchester’s unique atmosphere as you step back in time to discover the extraordinary sites at its historic heart.

City Museum

Start your tour of historic Winchester at the City Museum, reputedly the first purpose-built museum to be established outside London. The museum tells the story of Winchester from its origins as an Iron Age trading centre and is home to the Winchester Model, a breathtaking scale model of the city in Victorian times.

Hampshire Record Office

Hampshire Record Office safeguards, shares and collects documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs relating to the history of Hampshire in order to make them publicly accessible and to preserve them for future generations.

Hospital of St Cross

Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Renowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.

Hyde Abbey and Hyde900

Hyde Abbey was the burial place of King Alfred the Great. A victim of the dissolution during the reign of Henry VIII, all that remains of the abbey today is the gatehouse. Hyde900 is a community project celebrating the 900th anniversary of the founding of the abbey.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall, one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century, is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. It is home to the legendary symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table, which has hung there since 1348.

The Military Quarter

Situated next to the Great Hall on the magnificent Peninsular Barracks is The Military Quarter, home to six military museums which celebrate Winchester’s centuries long tradition as a military city.

Westgate Museum

The only remaining medieval gate into the city, this beautifully refurbished listed monument has its own remarkable history. A debtors’ prison for 150 years, home to an exquisite Tudor ceiling and custodian of a unique set of weights and measures, the Westgate roof also offers unique views over the city.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe, nestled at the heart of historic Winchester. Visit this magnificent Cathedral to explore 1,500 years of history, admire spectacular architecture and discover priceless treasures including the 12th-century Winchester Bible.

Winchester City Mill

The City Mill has stood at the heart of Winchester since Saxon times. A rare surviving example of an urban corn mill, the mill was restored to full working order in 2004 and is the oldest working watermill in the country.

Winchester College

Founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. The College has its own museum and also runs guided tours.