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Guidebook for Winchester

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Guidebook for Winchester

Parks & Nature
the start of the South Downs. It is a wonderful 4 km (2.5 miles) walking loop with fabulous views over St Cross and Winchester.
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St. Catherine's Hill
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the start of the South Downs. It is a wonderful 4 km (2.5 miles) walking loop with fabulous views over St Cross and Winchester.
wonderful walks and views to the Isle of Wight
Farley Mount
wonderful walks and views to the Isle of Wight
Entertainment & Activities
cinema 1,300m walk (usually via The Wykeham Arms)
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Everyman Cinema - Winchester
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cinema 1,300m walk (usually via The Wykeham Arms)
Only 7 miles away, Marwell Zoo is 140 acres is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 different species. Tigers, giraffes, penguins, meerkats and many other stars! £15 per adult. See their website (marwell org uk).
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Marwell Zoo
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Only 7 miles away, Marwell Zoo is 140 acres is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 different species. Tigers, giraffes, penguins, meerkats and many other stars! £15 per adult. See their website (marwell org uk).
Getting Around
About 2,000m walk, takes about 25 minutes - 4 trains an hour to London Waterloo station - some only 55 minutes
Railway Station (Stop Qc)
About 2,000m walk, takes about 25 minutes - 4 trains an hour to London Waterloo station - some only 55 minutes
Food Scene
friendly staff, great coffee and food and very nice sitting areas
Eat, Drink and Be
1 High Street
friendly staff, great coffee and food and very nice sitting areas
traditional pub with open fires, great beers and wines and a fine restaurant - approx 1,000m / 10 minutes walk
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The Wykeham Arms
75 Kingsgate St
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traditional pub with open fires, great beers and wines and a fine restaurant - approx 1,000m / 10 minutes walk
the nearest (500m) welcoming pub with real ales and great value food
The Queen Inn
28 Kingsgate Rd
the nearest (500m) welcoming pub with real ales and great value food
he is the man for fish!
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Rick Stein, Winchester
7 High St
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he is the man for fish!
fine dining, a place for celebrating
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The Chesil Rectory
1 Chesil Street
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fine dining, a place for celebrating
Michelin quality - 1500m walk via path or wilderness and near The Black Boy pub
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The Black Rat Restaurant
88 Chesil St
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Michelin quality - 1500m walk via path or wilderness and near The Black Boy pub
new, polished and convincingy French
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Côte Brasserie - Winchester
73 High St
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new, polished and convincingy French
outstanding quality Japanese restaurant
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Kyoto Kitchen
70 Parchment St
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outstanding quality Japanese restaurant
consistent value for money and good atmosphere
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Brasserie Blanc - Winchester
19/20 Jewry St
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consistent value for money and good atmosphere
the original HdV that started the chain and still the best - 20 minutes walk
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Hotel du Vin Winchester
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the original HdV that started the chain and still the best - 20 minutes walk
Hugh's campaigning fish friendly hedgerow foraging triumph
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River Cottage Kitchen
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Hugh's campaigning fish friendly hedgerow foraging triumph
the first and best Indian restaurant in town
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Gandhi Indian Restaurant
163 - 164 High Street
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the first and best Indian restaurant in town
the closest Fish 'n Chippy at only 500m
First Plaice
81 St Cross Rd
the closest Fish 'n Chippy at only 500m
its only 500m and the food is quite good
The Bell Inn
83 St Cross Rd
its only 500m and the food is quite good
right opposite the Everyman Cinema, rounds off a nice evening
The Green Man
53 Southgate St
right opposite the Everyman Cinema, rounds off a nice evening
a new but very well conceived pizza, salad and pie place which specialises in west country ciders - inexpensive yet good quality - we love it!
The Winchester Stable
31b The Square
a new but very well conceived pizza, salad and pie place which specialises in west country ciders - inexpensive yet good quality - we love it!
highly recommended for ambience and reasonable value. It is brand new and beautiful, The Ivy Brasserie provides a pretty good food and service
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The Ivy Winchester Brasserie
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highly recommended for ambience and reasonable value. It is brand new and beautiful, The Ivy Brasserie provides a pretty good food and service
Drinks & Nightlife
innocently named after the sooty lads who unloaded coal from the nearby canal this is an eccentric pub that rewards a lovely 1500m walk through the water meadows
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The Black Boy
1 Wharf Hill
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innocently named after the sooty lads who unloaded coal from the nearby canal this is an eccentric pub that rewards a lovely 1500m walk through the water meadows
Sightseeing
the longest medieval church in Christendom, beautiful Norman to Gothic architecture and world class artwoks such as the 1160 illuminated Winchester Bible, Holy Sepulchre Chapel frescos, modern sculptures. Go in, donate £10 and take a free tour to really appreciate this wonder.
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Catedral de Winchester
9 The Close
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the longest medieval church in Christendom, beautiful Norman to Gothic architecture and world class artwoks such as the 1160 illuminated Winchester Bible, Holy Sepulchre Chapel frescos, modern sculptures. Go in, donate £10 and take a free tour to really appreciate this wonder.
The oldest (1133) and the largest medieval almshouse in Britain. It continues the ancient tradition of the Wayfarer's Dole which consists of a small cup of ale and a piece of bread provided on request from the porter. The grounds are just magnificent. You may recognise the Master's Garden used in archery scenes in Wolf Hall TV programme.
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The Hospital of St Cross
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The oldest (1133) and the largest medieval almshouse in Britain. It continues the ancient tradition of the Wayfarer's Dole which consists of a small cup of ale and a piece of bread provided on request from the porter. The grounds are just magnificent. You may recognise the Master's Garden used in archery scenes in Wolf Hall TV programme.
the famous boys public (ie private) school - beautiful grounds seen from the river walk or by taking a paid-for morning tour through the school itself. The school buildings take up a large part of St Cross south of the Cathedral Kings Gate arch (used for film sets such a Les Miserables)
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Winchester College
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the famous boys public (ie private) school - beautiful grounds seen from the river walk or by taking a paid-for morning tour through the school itself. The school buildings take up a large part of St Cross south of the Cathedral Kings Gate arch (used for film sets such a Les Miserables)
a successful University in leafy Winchester
University of Winchester
a successful University in leafy Winchester
High above Portsmouth Historic, Navy and Leisure Dockyards the view, on a clear day, across The Solent to the Isle of Wight is fabulous. Gun Wharf Quays discount shopping, eating and entertainment centre is at your feet.
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Spinnaker Tower
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High above Portsmouth Historic, Navy and Leisure Dockyards the view, on a clear day, across The Solent to the Isle of Wight is fabulous. Gun Wharf Quays discount shopping, eating and entertainment centre is at your feet.
Arts & Culture
Live music, talks and lectures and frequent exhibitions.
Winchester Discovery Centre
Live music, talks and lectures and frequent exhibitions.
a packed programme of plays, comedians and musicians
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Theatre Royal Winchester
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a packed programme of plays, comedians and musicians
a bright artists cooperative offering beautiful art for sale and short, fun courses on artist's techniques
The Colour Factory
a bright artists cooperative offering beautiful art for sale and short, fun courses on artist's techniques
The Gurkhas were Nepalese fighters brought into the British Army in 1816 (about the time of Waterloo) because they impressed the East India Company, Britain's master of India. They were highly respected within the British Army (and opponents!) and this museum is a fine tribute.
The Gurkha Museum
The Gurkhas were Nepalese fighters brought into the British Army in 1816 (about the time of Waterloo) because they impressed the East India Company, Britain's master of India. They were highly respected within the British Army (and opponents!) and this museum is a fine tribute.
A brilliant exhibition of military campaigns - especially the 2015 bicentennial display of the Battle of Waterloo. If you appreciate anything about British history this is worth a visit.
The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
A brilliant exhibition of military campaigns - especially the 2015 bicentennial display of the Battle of Waterloo. If you appreciate anything about British history this is worth a visit.
Winchester Castle was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. In 1222 Henry III, with his love of architecture, began the construction of one of the earliest Gothic styled medieval halls. Thomas Malory, the 15th century author of Le Morte D’Arthur, identified Winchester as the site of Camelot. The iconic Round Table, famously linked to the legends of King Arthur and his Knights, dominates the Great Hall.
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The Great Hall
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Winchester Castle was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. In 1222 Henry III, with his love of architecture, began the construction of one of the earliest Gothic styled medieval halls. Thomas Malory, the 15th century author of Le Morte D’Arthur, identified Winchester as the site of Camelot. The iconic Round Table, famously linked to the legends of King Arthur and his Knights, dominates the Great Hall.