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Abbey Gardens
Abbey Gardens are situated next to the river Itchen in Winchester and offer visitors a peaceful retreat from the busy city. The gardens are part of the site of St Mary’s Abbey which used to be one of the...
 
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Adjutant Generals Corps Museum
The Queen and Prince Philip officially opened this interesting military museum in 2003. It seeks to tell the story of the military in this country with reference to all of the major branches of the armed forces. There...
 
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  Winchester is probably one of the nicest towns in the south with its wonderfully clean streets and medieval architecture, in short it has an air of refinement, which I like very much. It also has a great deal to offer visitors from a magnificent cathedral, lovely churches and great public parks that are great for all the family and the city itself is just dripping in history. A really nice place for a family day out.   - Zoe Lavente
 
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Avington Park
Avington Park is a magnificent Palladian mansion set in its own parkland grounds, offering exclusivity in the most peaceful surroundings, on the River Itchen. Some of the rooms are most beautifully painted and gilded while others are less ornate in...
 
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Balfour Museum
This museum houses an outstanding collection of artefacts that are related to the internationally recognised and well respected Red Cross organisation. The particular focus of this museum is to develop a relationship between the people of this county and...
 
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Chesil Theatre, The
The Chesil Theatre is housed in the old church of St Peter’s which used to stand outside the gates of the city of Winchester and was built in the 12th Century. Now the church has been cleverly adapted for...
 
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Church of St Bartholomew
This church was built to serve the village of Hyde. Now Hyde has been absorbed by Winchester, but the church still has an air of rural timelessness. The core is Norman. The low tower was added in 1538 in an...
 
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Flowerdown Barrows
Flowerdown Barrows was once part of a much larger ‘barrow cemetery’ and represents an important Bronze Age burial ground on three mounds in the Hampshire countryside, close to Winchester. The site is overseen by English Heritage who have restored...
 
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Great Hall, The
The Great Hall built over 750 years ago, is owned by Hampshire County Council. It is one the largest and finest halls in which hangs the Round Table, based on the Arthurian legend. Behind it is Queen Eleanor’s Garden, a...
 
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Guildhall Gallery
The Guildhall Gallery is housed in the impressive Guildhall building which is situated in the city centre. It displays work by professional artists as well as local art groups and is extremely varied in the types of art it...
 
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Gurkha Museum, The
The Gurkha Museum commemorates the services of the Gurkhas to the British since 1815. The story starts with a view of the Gurkha and Nepal, and his homeland, before the visitor is taken through the main chapters of Gurkha military...
 
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Hampshire Record Office
The Hampshire Record Office has a collection of records that relate to both the major events and more minor unions and incidents that have taken place in the county over a period of many hundreds of years. The archive...
 
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Hyde Abbey Gate
Once this gate controlled access to Hyde Abbey. Originally it was at least two stories high. Beside the through passage was a porter’s lodge with a stair to an upper room. Next to the lodge was a room with...
 
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Intech
This purpose built family science centre houses over 100 exhibits and encourages a hands-on approach to learning about the world of science and technology. Top attractions include a machine for creating tornados and a fully interactive recycling exhibit. As...
 
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King Alfred Statue
The impressive statue of King Alfred the Great has stood over Winchester since 1901 when it was erected to commemorate his death 1000 years before. The inscription on the statue reads “To the Founder of the Kingdom and Nation,...
 
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Kingsgate and Church of St Swithun
Winchester was first protected by town walls in Roman times. Rebuilt and repaired, the walls served Saxon and medieval Winchester. Now there is little left of the walls, but two city gates remain. The Kingsgate is 14th Century. Either...
 
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Light Infantry Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history of the Light Infantry Regiment, based in Winchester for many decades. The regiment was founded in 1968 and became part of The Rifles in 2007, although there are traces related to the...
 
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Marwell Wildlife
Visit Marwell Wildlife near Winchester, Hampshire, and you will be amazed at the wonderful variety of beautiful and unusual animals. There are over 250 species of rare animals from the Amur tigers (the largest in the world) to leaf cutter...
 
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Medieval City Wall
Winchester’s Medieval City Wall surrounds the cathedral grounds and was the city’s main defensive wall. The wall is still intact in many places and visitors can walk alongside it next to the river and into the cathedral grounds via...
 
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Micheldever Woods
These woods are mainly beech trees interspersed with conifer. In spring they are carpeted with bluebells beneath the brilliant green of newly emerged beech leaves. Both roe deer and fallow deer are to be found in the woods...
 
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Old Chesil Rectory, The
The Old Chesil Rectory claims to be the oldest house in Winchester and is dated 1450. The building is timber-framed and is in very good condition and the house is a lovely example of the architecture of the time...
 
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Pilgrims’ School, The
The Pilgrims’ School in Winchester is an old chorister school that was once closely associated with Winchester Cathedral. Some scholars believe that these schools were established as long ago as 676 AD. The main building was designed by...
 
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River Itchen
The River Itchen is considered to be one of the best chalk streams in the world. Visitors to Winchester can escape the bustle of the city centre and take a leisurely walk along its banks which offer excellent views...
 
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Roman Wall
The only remaining visible section of Winchester’s Roman wall is situated next to the banks of the River Itchen close to the city centre. While it is now quite unremarkable to look at it once enclosed an area of...
 
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Royal Green Jackets Museum
This museum is located at the heart of the ancient city of Winchester and records the long and fascinating history of the Royal Green Jackets. The regiment began in 1741 and still remains today. On display here are...
 
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Royal Observer Corps Museum
The Royal Observer Corps Museum was founded in 1974 by a group of officers at the Winchester ROC Centre. The centre shares its site with a cold war bunker, and is home to a large collection of artefacts that...
 
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Textile Conservation Centre
The Textile Conservation Centre is one of the leading international centres for the study and research of textiles. The centre is unique in that it combines a serious research institution to a publicly accessed museum on the subject....
 
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Theatre Royal
This building has a wedding cake look about it, with its pilasters and swags. It was built in 1850 as a hotel. Later it was converted into a cine-variety theatre, with a lush, gilded auditorium. Now it plays host to...
 
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Westgate
Westgate is one of only two defence gateways to have survived in the city. It dates back to the 12th and 14th centuries and still stands over the city from the top of the High Street. Visitors can...
 
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Westgate Museum
This medieval gateway is located close to the Great Hall in the heart of the ancient city, and would have once been one of the most important entrances to the community. Visitors are able to explore the interior of...
 
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Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral is a priceless jewel in a scarcely less precious setting. Enjoy the Cathedral and its history and the picturesque Close and Cheyney Gate. Guided tours include visits to Jane Austen’s tomb and viewing the famous Winchester Bible. Tours...
 
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Winchester City Mill
Winchester City Mill is situated in the city centre on the River Itchen and has been restored to full working order. Now managed by the National Trust, visitors can enjoy learning about the history of the mill, the technology...
 
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Winchester City Museum
Winchester City Museum is in the heart of the city close to both the shops and the cathedral. It has a wide variety of exhibitions on display and particular strengths in archaeology, coins and medals, social history, trade and...
 
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Winchester College
Winchester College was founded 600 years ago in the medieval era and has been teaching boys ever since. It was established for the education of 70 poor scholars and now educates over 700 boys. The college’s architect, William...
 
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Winchester Discovery Centre
The Winchester Discovery Centre is a new concept in learning and entertainment, combining a first class library with a series of other interactive opportunities for young and old. The centre houses a performance hall with a maximum capacity of...
 
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Wolvesey Castle
Wolvesey Castle is one of the greatest medieval ruins in Britain. It consists of a Norman stone keep and a bailey fortress and visitors can wander around its remains for free. The castle is also known as the...
 
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