Useful Links



Winchester Cathedral

Winchester College

  1. - Great Hall and Round Table

  2. - Winchester Guildhall

  3. - Hospital of St. Cross

further afield

National Trust

The Vyne


Mottisfont Abbey

  1. - Winchester Mill

  2. - Hinton Ampner Garden

Popular Walks

South Downs Way

Pilgrims’ Way

Wayfarers’ Walk

Test Way

For routes and maps that you can download and print, see:


Exploring the City and Beyond

Once England’s capital and seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester is a beautiful cathedral city. On the edge of the South Downs and the New Forest, it is popular for its historic buildings, monuments, museums, shopping streets, pubs and restaurants. Winchester is the birthplace of cricket, final resting place of novelist Jane Austen (her house is at nearby Chawton) and inspiration for Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Chronicles.

The City’s attractions are all within walking distance from Winchester Bed and Breakfast. World famous, the 11th-century Cathedral, with the longest medieval nave in Europe, houses many remarkable collections and outstanding works of art. Nearby Winchester College is the oldest continually running school in the UK, remarkable for its medieval buildings, 14th-century Gothic chapel, and the 17th-century red-brick schoolroom designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

For over 700 years, the legendary Arthurian Round Table has been on display in the Great Hall, the only remaining part of Winchester Castle. Founded in 1136, the medieval almshouse at the nearby Hospital of St. Cross continues its 900-year tradition of handing out bread and ale – known as the Wayfarer’s Dole. With its historical centre, surrounding countryside, towns and villages, the City is certainly a destination for all seasons.

Winchester Bed and Breakfast is also an excellent base for exploring nearby National Trust properties like The Vyne, Mottisfont Abbey, Hinton Ampner Garden and Uppark. Numerous long-distance paths that begin at Winchester: the Clarendon Way, South Downs Way, St. Swithun’s Way, Pilgrim’s Way and Three Castles Path. Passing nearby are the Itchen Way, Monarch’s Way and Wayfarers’ Walk.

Walkers and cyclists are welcome. Baggage transfer is available. We offer secure storage for cycles, drying facilities and hot Radox baths.


The Screen at Winchester, a newly refurbished cinema is on Southgate Street just 2-3 minute walk from Compton Road. For listings visit or call 01962 856009.

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