Things to do and see in Winchester... That the kids will love too!

Located in the county of Hampshire, Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination steeped in history as the former seat of King Alfred, the Great. Being just an hour south-west of London, you will find Winchester has the perfect mix of city life and idyllic countryside surroundings. We've put together some of the best places to visit and also some fun attractions and activities to enjoy with the whole family. 

1. Winchester Cathedral

Over 1000 years of history are to be explored at Winchester Cathedral. With it's 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings and the illuminated Winchester Bible, a visit to the Cathedral is an inspiring day out for everyone. If you’re taking the children, there is a children’s trail which offers a fun and informative insight to the Cathedral where they can learn more about some of the characters associated with its past and present. You’ll certainly want to be a part of the tour lead by Cathedral Guides to make the most of your trip, and these operate Monday – Saturday starting every hour from 10am – 3pm, included in admission charge.

Price:

Adult £8.00, Concession £6.00, Student £5.00, Children (Under 16 with family) Free

Tower Tour £6.00

Audio Tour £3.00

Opening Times:

Cathedral, Crypt & Treasury

Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm

Sunday 12.30pm – 3pm

Address:

Winchester Cathedral

The Close

Winchester

Hampshire

SO23 9LS

Contact:

01962 857200

[email protected]

http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/

 

 

 

2. Wolvesey Castle

After (or before) your visit to the Cathedral, head to Wolvesey Castle which is just a stone’s throw away. During the Middle Ages, this played home to rich and powerful men - the Bishops of Winchester, who were the relations and advisors of kings. The last great spectacle these now ruins, saw, was the wedding breakfast held by Mary and Philip of Spain in 1554 in the East Hall which was transformed with silk and gold hangings for the grand event. Depending on when you visit take a pair of wellies or good walking shoes as parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy but if you’re visiting on a pleasant day, why not pack a picnic and enjoy lunch on the historic grounds.

Price:

Free

Opening Times:

Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm April to October

Address:

Winchester

Hampshire

SO23 9NB

 

 

 

3. Keats Walk

The English Romantic poet, John Keats once stayed in Winchester during the late summer and early autumn of 1819 and it was here, during this time he penned his ode To Autumn inspired by his daily walks in which he explored the natural beauty of Winchester. He once said, upon reflecting his time there it as “An exceeding pleasant town, enriched with a beautiful Cathedral and surrounded by fresh-looking country”. Now, you can follow in the footsteps of Keats’ as you journey through the city which begins at the Tourist Information Centre. You will come across King Alfred’s statue, the 14th Century Deanery, Winchester College, the water meadows and St Catherine’s Hill, just to name a few. You can download this MAP which gives you a detailed written description to help identify all the locations as well a map to trace your steps. 

Address:

Winchester Tourist Information

Winchester Guildhall

High Street

Winchester

SO23 9GH

 

 

 

4. Winchester City Mill

This is potentially one of the oldest working watermills in the UK with a history of over 1000 years. There are lots on hands-on activities and audio-visual displays about milling, as well as regular flour milling and baking demonstrations and you can also learn more about the rich wildlife in the area too including the resident otters! The City Mill is a great, informative place for everyone to enjoy. It is also the official gateway to the South Downs National Park and provides a wide selection of information for those wishing to explore the walks and attractions found within the South Downs.

Prices:
Adult £4.00, Child £2.00, Family £10.00

Opening Times:
See HERE

Address:
Winchester City Mill

Bridge Street

Winchester

SO23 0HN

Contact:

01962 870057

[email protected]

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill

 

 

 

5. Westgate Museum

The Westgate is the last of the main medieval gates into the city that remains to this day. Once a debtors’ prison for 150 years, you can see the walls eerily covered in prisoners’ graffiti! You will find a vast, unique collection of weights and measures as well as a Tudor ceiling from Winchester College. Go on up to the Westgate roof and take in the spectacular views of the city! There’s also the opportunity for your little ones to try on a suit of armour or even give authentic brass rubbing a go.

Prices:

Free Admission. Donations welcome.

Opening Times:

See HERE

Address:
High Street

Winchester SO23 9AP

Contact:

01962 869864

[email protected]

 

 

 

Things to enjoy with the kids in Winchester

1. Marwell Zoo

Embrace your inner wild side at Marwell Zoo and journey around the 140-acres to meet an incredible range of both exotic and endangered species including Snow Leopards, Hippos, Rhinos, Meerkats and so much more! There are daily talks and activities so do check the ‘What’s On’ section before your visit so you can plan your day! You’ll certainly work up an appetite with all that exploring but thankfully there are plenty of restaurants and kiosks around to keep you full or if you’d prefer to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of the idyllic spots around the zoo, that’d be lovely too. What’s a day out without a souvenir to remember it by… Stop in at the Gift Shop to find the perfect item before you go.

Prices:

Vary dependent on the time of year. See HERE.

Opening Times:
See HERE.

Address:

Marwell Wildlife

Thompsons Lane

Winchester

Hampshire

SO21 1JH

Contact:

01962 777407

[email protected]

https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/

 

 

 

2. Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Perfect for a whole family, all-weather day out! There are over 100 exhibits to explore, each one covering a different aspect of science and technology. The Science Centre also has the UK’s largest capacity planetarium offering a state-of-the-art digital experience with images projected around a 360-degree domed screen. Discover what goes on in the gut at Colon Café and learn about good and bad bacteria, as well as how what you put in your body affects what comes out! Unleash your inner tinker in The Invention Studio or have a fun family challenge in the Science of Sports Zoe… There is so much to see and do here you won’t know where to begin! A new café, The Hub, is now open at the Space Centre so why not stop in for some delicious hot or cold treats or if you’d prefer to bring your own, there are tables provided for picknicking both indoors and outside.

Prices:

General Entry

Adult £10.91, Concessions £8.73, Child (3-15) £7.64, Under 2’s Free

Planetarium

From £2.80

Opening Times:
Hampshire term-time

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday – Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm

Hampshire School Holidays

Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Address:
Telegraph Way

Winchester

Hampshire

SO21 1HZ

Contact:

01962 863791

[email protected]

http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/

 

 

 

3. Paultons Park Attractions

Not far from the heart of Winchester - Home to Peppa Pig World, Paultons Family Theme Park has over 70 attractions and has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families by Mumsnet. For those little Peppa Pig lovers, there are 7 fun theme park rides to choose from as well as meet and greets with both Peppa & George! This really is a park to be enjoyed by the whole family, there’s something for everyone whether you’re seeking your inner adrenaline junkie on The Flight of the Pterosaur or wanting to have a splash around in the Water Kingdom, get up close and personal at Alive! Dinosaur Encounter or head out on the Discovery Trail, there is just so much to do. There are Events & Shows held year round so check HERE for anything up and coming.

Prices & Opening Times:

See HERE.

Address:
Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World

Ower

Romsey

The New Forest

Hampshire

SO51 6AL

Contact:

0238084442

 

 

 

4. The Adventure Barn

Sometimes, when the weather’s not great there is still an adventure to be had! This is a brilliant indoor playground where the little ones can play safely and securely whatever the weather, purpose-built for toddlers through to 10-year-olds. The soft play, indoor zone pans three levels and includes a tube slide, aerial runway, cargo net obstacle and tumble rollers. In the adventure zone which is outdoors, they will love the trampolines, climbing frame and slide. For parents, there is a wonderful on-site Bistro which serves a range of hot and cold beverages and food and as it’s situated within the Adventure Barn, the restaurant benefits from large windows so you can relax whilst watching over the little ones.

Prices:

Children 4 & under £4.95, Childre 5 & over £5.95

Opening Times:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am – 6.30pm

Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm

Address:

Hurst Lane

Owslebury

Winchester

Hampshire

SO21 1EZ

Contact:

01962 777860

 

 

5. The Winchester Treasure Trail

If you struggle to get the kids involved in learning more about the surroundings, this self-guided Treasure Trail will be perfect for you! Suggested for anyone aged 6 or above, the Trail should take around 2 hours to complete and it will take you along a 1.6 mile circuit route. As you start the journey you will need to solve sneaky clues set on existing buildings, features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure. The Trail starts at the Guildhall and do take the time to try and get all the correct answers as these are entered into a monthly £100 prize draw so you never know!

Prices:

Winchester City & Cathedral Treasure Trail

Booklet from £6.99

Address:
Start from

The Broadway

Winchester

Hampshire

SO23 9BE

Contact:

01872 263692

https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/hampshire/winchester


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