explore our Local area

There’s a whole load of fun and beautiful things to see and do in the local area, but here’s a handpicked selection of just some of our favourite ones.

Winchester Cathedral

Explore more than a thousand years of history in one of the largest medieval cathedrals in Europe and resting place of Jane Austen. Whether you enjoy a guided tour or stroll at your own leisure, you’ll come away having learnt a fact or two!

The Great Hall

One of the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle, this medieval hall is home to the legendary Arthurian Round Table since 1348.

Marwell Zoo

The zoo stretches across 140 acres of stunning parkland and houses hundreds of endangered and exotic species including giraffes, tigers and penguins.

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

You may need a car for this one but it’s well worth the visit if you’re a fan of the hit period drama, Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is set in a 1000 acre park boasting incredible views over the North Hampshire Downs.

Winchester City Mill

One of the oldest surviving watermills on the River Itchen, this mill remained in use until the early 20th century and has the official gateway to the South Downs Way.

Gurkha Museum

The museum, located in Peninsula Barracks, celebrates the history of Gurkhas and their loyalty to serving the British Crown for over 200 years. Learn about the history and culture of the brave warriors.

Hospital of St Cross

Admire the oldest almshouse in England and visit the beautiful group of Grade I listed buildings founded by Henry of Blois (grandson of William the Conqueror) between 1132 and 1136.

Wolvesey Castle

Visit the extensive ruins of the palace to Winchester’s most powerful and wealthy bishops and allow your imagination to run free as you visualise what the palace once was. Tip – if the weather is nice, take a picnic to enjoy!

South downs way

Enjoy breath-taking views during this 100 mile stretch from Winchester to Eastbourne which passes small hamlet villages, the English channel and an extraordinary range of diverse habitats.