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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Winchester

Discover the story of England's Saxon capital

Get to know the historical streets of Winchester

Walking around the city of Winchester we can get the feeling of two thousand years of history.

The main shopping thoroughfare is still on the line of that set out by the Romans.  The Cathedral started by the Normans lies next to the location of the previous Saxon minster.  It is still at the heart of the city today.

At the other end of the city are the ancient Westgate, and the Great Hall with the Round Table proudly on display.

Nearby is the area that Charles II designated for his new palace, with views across the city to the countryside around St. Catherine’s Hill.

The ancient capital of England still has much to offer.

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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose your distance, time or type of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
History and architecture in the heart of the city
90 minutes (1.5 miles, 2 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
"Top of the town" highlights and views
90 minutes (1.5 miles, 2 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
Winchester top to bottom and everything else in between
Half day, up to 4 hours (3 to 4 miles, 5 to 7 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
Winchester, the full experience
Full day, up to 9 hours (distance variable)
Medium - average level of fitness

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What are my options?

In an hour and a half, discover King Alfred, William Walker, Jane Austen, the cathedral precincts and the Bishop’s Palace.

Alternatively explore Henry III’s great hall, and Charles II’s Peninsular Barracks.

In half a day combine the two.

For a full day, combine this with a visit to Winchester Cathedral, the various Regimental Museums or the Medieval almshouses at the Hospital of St. Cross.

Here is just a glimpse of what Winchester has to offer:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Member of Association of Wessex Tourist Guides
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Accredited Tourist Guide Examiner

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal

British visitor

Brit Movie Tours

The guide really knows his stuff.  Very entertaining, very knowledgeable.

Michelle Patrick

Hobbs of Henley

Graham has been a Blue Badge guide on quite a few of our specialist river trips on the Thames. He is a very informative guide and professional and it is a pleasure to work with him”

HF Holidays guest

Graham was very well prepared and had excellent knowledge and enthusiasm which he communicated to the group very well. Each day was very well planned out with appropriate stopping points with a good variety of interest.

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