Winchester Tourism

A picturesque cathedral city, Winchester in UK is situated at the edge of the beautiful South Downs National Park. The former seat of King Alfred the Great, did you know that Winchester was England’s capital in the ancient times? Located at approximately an hour’s journey from London, it is fair to say that Winchester is made up of all things British- it is home to the country's largest farmers' market, it is the resting place of famed author Jane Austen (at the Winchester Cathedral) and, for all the cricket fanatics out there, Winchester is also the birthplace of the modern game of cricket!

With a history dating back to the prehistoric times, Winchester should definitely be on your UK travel itinerary. Having a vivacious street theatre scene, boasting of marvelous architecture and also having a lively contemporary arts scene, this charming city would be an ideal destination for art lovers, architecture buffs, budding photographers, the hopeless romantics and for the people in search of tranquility.

Today, Winchester offers visitors the best of both worlds- a bustling city life along with the freshness of the countryside. All set to plan your trip to Winchester UK? Here’s all the information you will require, from best time to visit Winchester to how to travel to this charming city, from top things to do in Winchester to travel tips and even eateries where you’ll get delectable food.


Essential travel information and Winchester tips for your visit

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time Zone; UTC + 00.00

Currency: Pound sterling

Electricity and Internet: The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.

Languages: Predominantly an English speaking city.


  • In case of an emergency, please dial 999 or 112 to connect with the police, fire brigade, ambulance service or coastguard.
  • Royal Hampshire County Hospital: +44 1962 863535
  • Tourist Information Centre: +44 1962 840500

Off-beaten Path: Do go on walking tours of the city. Interesting walking tours such as Winchester Tudor Trail, Itchen Valley Churches Trail and the Cricket Trail will leave you with a better understanding of this charming city.

Tipping: Tipping is not expected in the UK. It is not compulsory to tip in taxis. However, it is customary to round up to the nearest pound. No tips are ever offered in fast food restaurants. In restaurants, although tipping is not mandatory, your waiter/ waitress might appreciate a tip of a pound or two.

  • Know the pollution level of Winchester before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Winchester for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Winchester.

    • Burglary and Theft 15 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 55 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 20 (Low)
    • Attacks 15 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 40 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 15 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 80.29 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 17.24 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 97.22 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Winchester

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.76 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 75.78 USD

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