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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 themed walking tours which allow them to share their special interests and enthusiasms. Marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester our historically themed tours this year pay tribute to the women who have shaped the city’s history. Let us also 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 theme headings below.

 

victorianwomenWomen in Winchester

Marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester our historically themed tours this year pay tribute to the women who have shaped the city’s history. 

All tours start at the Tourist Information Centre and take 1½ hours.

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

 

(No further tours in 2017)

janeaustenJane Austen Tours from the Discovery Centre

- in conjunction with “The Mysterious Miss Austen” exhibition in The Gallery.

Saturdays from 13th May to 22nd July inclusive (not 10th June – see below). Starting at 3.30pm - ticket holders should meet your guide outside the Discovery Centre café.

Take a tour around Regency Winchester and find out about the 'races and revels and dissolute measures' referred to by Jane Austen. There were riots too! Your walk will take approximately 90 mins and end outside the Cathedral. Participants may then, if they wish, go inside to see Jane Austen’s grave and attend Evensong at 5.30pm. (Free entry if attending the service). Note: Cathedral services are sometimes subject to change; please check the Cathedral website).

On Saturday 10th June the tour will start at 3.00pm from the Tourist Information Centre and will include a guided visit inside the Cathedral, for which entry via the guide will cost £2.50 (Friends of the Cathedral free entry).

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.  In advance from the Tourist Information Centre, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH Tel: 01962 840500 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Or from the guide on the day if still available (max group size 25).

 

(No further tours in 2017)

st johns charity northHidden Places

An opportunity to see inside St John’s, the oldest charity in the city, and Abbey House, the Mayor’s official residence.

All tours start at the Tourist Information Centre and take 1½ hours.

Tickets - St John's Charity: £10 adults, £5 children (includes refreshments afterwards).

Tickets - Abbey House: £7.50 - minimum age 12 (includes a donation to the Mayor's Charities).

chesilrlyHidden Railways

Explore the route of Winchester’s lost railway. It includes a rare opportunity to go inside the disused Chesil Tunnel. Do wear stout shoes as there are steps and steep slopes!

Tickets: £7.50 adult, £3 children.

 

(No further tours in 2017)

st peters doorHidden Religion

Find out where the Jews lived and the Catholics hid.

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

 

(No further tours in 2017)

mary statue collegeHidden Treasures

Discover civic treasure in the Guildhall and precious artefacts from all around the world in the new Winchester College Treasury.

 

Tickets: £8.50 (includes discounted entry to the College Treasury).

 

(No further tours in 2017)

swansHidden in Plain Sight

A chance to take a fresh look at familiar places.

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

 

(No further tours in 2017)

civil warCivil War Tours

Here’s your chance to get out your ‘wellies’ and come on a battlefield walk to see where Roundheads and Cavaliers fought in 1644. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for a 2hr walk.

Tickets: £7.50 adults, £3 children.

Starts from and finishes at the Hinton Arms, Cheriton SO24 0NH where bookings can be made for lunch afterwards. Tel: 01962 771252. Website: http://www.hintonarms.co.uk.

 

(No further tours in 2017)

halloween2013Halloween Tours

Always popular, there's a veritable feast of ghosts and other ghastly goings-on!

Tickets: £6.50 each.

 

 

abbey house xmasChristmas at Abbey House

Take a seasonal tour inside his official residence and finish with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies with the Mayor.

Tickets: £8.50, ADULTS ONLY. Group limirted to 15. Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Upcoming Themed Tours

 

Testimonials:

“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.”