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OCT 17, 2019

Winchester Insider Guide

Set your SatNav for Winchester! What better way to visit the city than with our own insider guide from the people that are in the know!


We’ve compiled a list of our absolute favourite shops, restaurants, and bars in this little city, (and places to stay if you want to make a weekend of it), we’ve done all the leg work so all you have to do is explore.

View our guide on issuu or download a pdf version here.

Winchester Cathedral

A Little History


Winchester is a beautiful maze of cobbled lanes and halftimbered buildings and packed full of lively markets, traditional olde English pubs, cosy cafes and artisan shops. Winchester is also home to Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of Jane Austen and King Arthur’s Round Table. There really is something for everyone!

Market Time

Winchester is home to some brilliant markets - ranging from homemade jewellery and vintage clothing! Usually held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - the markets are a must! And, of course, there are the beautiful Winchester Christmas Markets that are definitely worth a visit this winter.

Cathedral Crypt

On a rainier day, you can head to the Cathedral Crypt where Sir Anthony Gormley’s eerie sculpture entitled ‘Sound II” has stood beneath the Cathedral since the late 1980s. During the rainy months the mysterious sculpture can often be found holding water cupped in its hands, silent in contemplation as the level rises around him covering the stone floor.

Places to Eat

Head to the Coffee Lab, a hidden gem tucked off the high street. They have the best chocolate brownies. 6 Saint Thomas Street. Winchester @coffeelabuk - Instagram

We also love Piecaramba - a super fun comic themed pie and mash shop! They offer loads of veggie and vegan options too. 11a Parchment Street, Winchester @piecarambauk - Instragram

Fancy something a bit more quirky luxury? Then try out The Ivy Brasserie. Cool interiors and an eclectic mix of furniture. And amazing food of course! 103-104 High Street, Winchester @theivywinchester


Winchester restaurant

What To See & Do

Fancy something a bit different?

Tank Driving

Public courses (age 16 and over) run on a selection of Saturdays and Sundays from March until the end of the year. Make sure you book well in advance to have a crushing time! Baileys Down, Winchester

Great Pubs and Great Writers!

Does a literary 3-hour pub crawl sound like your cup of tea (or a pint of beer)? Experience Winchester on a fun night out with a trained actor/ comedian. Book in advance via TripAdvisor. Tour starts at 80 High Street, Winchester +44 20 3131 7501

Winchester Ghost Tours

Tales of torture, treason and execution await you on Winchester’s Ghost Tours! The city’s original and most popular tour will leave you screaming for more! Meet those who haunt England’s Oldest Bar and encounter the eerie Nun at The Royal Oak. Book if you dare!

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