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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.

 

ETW Logo WhiteFREE "Winchester for Locals" Tours

In support of English Tourism Week (18 -25 April) why not take advantage of one of our free taster tours and hear some of the things you probably don't know about your own city even if you've lived here for many years!

Numbers are limited, so please reserve your place at the Tourist Information Centre.

Tickets: FREE.

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

hampshire hogChildren's Tours

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

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

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

 

georgianGeorgian Winchester

Explore Georgian Winchester.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

eastern02Eastern Winchester

Explore Chesil Street and beyond.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

ve dayVE Day

Winchester at war - a tour to mark the anniversary of VE Day.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

chesil station 1952Hidden Railways

A guided walk exploring the route of Winchester's 'other' 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: £8 adult/£3 children.

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

 

jewry streetMedieval Jewish Winchester

A sad story of religious persecution and expulsion.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

crime02Crime and Punishment

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

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children plus £1.50 Great Hall entrance fee (via guide).

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

 

locals02Winchester for Locals

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

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

waterways02Hidden Waterways

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

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

abbey02Abbey House

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

Tickets: £9 - Minimum age 12 (includes a donation to the Mayor's Charities).

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

 

st johns north side2St John's Charity

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

Tickets: £11.50 adults/£5 children.

Note: 23 July tour includes tea and a talk by John Steel, author of the official history of St John's; 20 Aug tour includes a cream tea with the warden and residents of Christes Hospital.

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

 

normanNorman Winchester

Explore Norman Winchester.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

charles IICivil War to Restoration

Explore the effects of the Civil War and Restoration on Winchester.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

plaguePlague and Pestilence

Sickness and cures through the ages.

Tickets: £7 adults/£2 children.

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

 

halloween2013Halloween Tours

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

Tickets: £7 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. (2 tours).

Tickets: £10 - adults only (including a donation to the Mayor's Charities).

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

 

Welcome to Winchester via our new video tour!

Upcoming Special Tours

 

Testimonials:

“Can't say enough good things about the guides.”  TripAdvisor review June 2019

“An amazing wealth of information well told and personably explained...”  TripAdvisor review October 2019

“Even as a Winchester local I learned loads and want to do more tours!!”  TripAdvisor review June 2019

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

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