Top things to do in Winchester

With its world-class attractions, architecture, beautiful countryside, and spectacular history and heritage, Winchester and the surrounding area are bursting with things to do and places to visit.

Below, we’ve compiled some of our favourite things to do in Winchester for all ages. Whether you’re looking for fun, history, culture, or more.

Great for the whole family

The whole family is sure to love a day out at The Watercress Line. Enjoy an immersive and educational day out as you set out on an adventure through the stunning county of Hampshire with incredible views and delicious food. Whether you’re looking for a day of relaxation or discovery, The Watercress Line is the perfect choice.

Marwell Zoo

Get closer to the wonders of the natural world at Marwell Zoo. From ring-tailed lemurs to majestic giraffes, and curious meerkats, to stunning snow leopards, the 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species.

Get the family together and put your brains to the test as you solve a TextQuest whilst enjoying an adventure exploring Winchester! With clues sent direct to your phone, it’s the perfect family activity!


Historical places to visit in Winchester

878 AD is a fantastic immersive experience that takes you on a serious journey back in time! With live performances, authentic artefacts, and interactive exhibits, a visit to 878 AD is sure to be unforgettable. Gain invaluable insights into how it felt to live as a slave, a soldier, or a thief in the year 878 AD and learn their stories.

Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. It’s an inspiring space for daily worship and a busy community hosting a huge range of activities.

Winchester’s Military Museums is a grouping of six regimental museums situated within yards of each other on a historic site close to the city centre of Winchester, adjacent to the Great Hall. Each museum offers a unique experience and has its own story to tell. There are fantastic collections of medals, paintings, and military objects on display across the whole site, making a trip to Winchester’s Military Museums well worth a visit.

Winchester Cathedral

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum houses a small cinema, interactive displays and hands-on activities for children as it brings to life the fascinating story of how the Corps and its predecessors have supplied, fed, transported and supported the army for over 300 years. What’s more, it’s free entry and free parking.

Enjoy Live Entertainment

Theatre Royal Winchester is the only surviving cine-variety theatre in the country. Events include a wide range of stand-up comedy, dance, music, children’s performances, traditional family pantomime, and community events. There’s sure to be something for you to enjoy.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is home to Explorer:Space. An immersive space zone where your family can take an epic journey through the Solar System! There are two floors of interactive hands-on exhibits to explore! Spark curiosity in all the family and bring the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and maths to life.

The planetarium offers an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. There are two different show formats on offer – full-dome pre-recorded films and presenter-led live shows.

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