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Explore our city’s rich heritage in more depth.

Winchester is alive with natural, historic and architectural treasures. Each year the guides offer a programme of walking tours which allow them to share their special interests and enthusiasms. Let us show you some of the private buildings and hidden places of Winchester. Then there are our traditional seasonal delights as the year draws to a close. Learn about different historical periods, explore a disused railway tunnel, have some fun at Halloween or enjoy the special atmosphere of Winchester at Christmas.

For details of individual tours see under the various headings below.

 

medieval02NEW: Medieval Winchester

Meet some of Medieval Winchester's colourful characters.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

chesil station 1952Chesil Railway & Tunnel

A guided walk exploring the route of Winchester's lost railway, the old Didcot, Newbury and Southampton line which takes you inside the disused Chesil Tunnel.

The walk includes steps and steep slopes so sensible footware is advised.

Tickets: £7.50 adult/£3 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

keats02NEW: Keats Walk

Follow in the footsteps of the poet John Keats who wrote 'Ode to Autumn' during his 1819 stay in Winchester by strolling through the watermeadows towards the Hospital of St Cross.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

tudor02NEW: Tudor Winchester

A royal wedding, the birth of a prince and other highlights of Tudor life in Winchester.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children plus £2.50 Cathedral entrance fee (via guide).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

jewry streetMedieval Jewish Winchester

A sad story of religious persecution and expulsion.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

eastern02NEW: Eastern Winchester

Explore Chesil Street and beyond.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

crime02NEW: Crime and Punishment

A history of Winchester's crimes and their punishment, both real and fictional.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children plus £1.50 Great Hall entrance fee (via guide).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

king alfSaxon Winchester

The colourful stories of King Alfred, St Swithun, Queen Emma and Saxon Winchester.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

waterways02Hidden Waterways

A chance to discover some of the hidden brooks and streams which run through Winchester.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

treasures02Hidden Treasures

Enjoy some of Winchester's hidden gems. Includes a visit to the new Winchester College Treasury.

Tickets: £9.50 adults/£2 children (includes discounted entry to the Treasury).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

locals02Winchester for Locals

Discover some things you probably don't know about your own city even if you've lived here for years!

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

abbey02Abbey House

Discover the story of the original Abbey of Abbey Gardens, and see inside Abbey House, the Mayor's official residence.

Tickets: £8.50 - Minimum age 12 (includes a donation to the Mayor's Charities).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

jane austens houseJane Austen's Winchester

To mark the month of her death: see the places where Jane Austen stayed and visited.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children plus £2.50 Cathedral entrance fee (via guide).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

st johns north side2St John's Charity

The story of the medieval charity of St John's and its almshouses, including a visit inside the charity's boardroom.

Tickets: £11 adults/£5 children.

Note: 25 July tour includes tea at Peter Symonds Almshouses; 22 Aug tour includes tea and a talk by John Steel on the charity's history.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

hampshire hogChildren's Tours

Cheer up the holidays with some of Winchester's most horrid history.

Tickets: £6.50 adults/£2 children. Suitable for children aged 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

(No further tours in 2019)

halloween2013Halloween Tours

A feast of ghosts and other ghastly goings-on for adults only.

Tickets: £6.50 adults only.

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

abbey house snowChristmas at Abbey House

An opportunity to visit the Mayor's official residence and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies with the Mayor.

Tickets: £9.50 - adults only (including a donation to the Mayor's Charities).

Venue: Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH

 

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Testimonials:

“I took the morning walk and it was fabulous!”
TripAdvisor review March 2018

“Can't recommend these tours highly enough. . .”
September 2018

“Well worthwhile - good introduction to Winchester. Good value for money.”

“The tour provided an excellent introduction to and insight into the city's life and history. The guide was first class.”

“Very good tour with well informed and friendly guide. Will be taking another tour tomorrow.”