Winchester's Hidden Charms: Activities and Places to Visit

Winchester's Hidden Charms: Activities and Places to Visit

History-rich Winchester is a mesmerising location for tourists looking for a blend of contemporary experiences and old-world charm. The Running Horse is a beautifully renovated village inn tucked away in this charming city, ideal for a leisurely drink, a delicious dinner, or perhaps an overnight stay with family and friends.

Not only is The Running Horse easily found at 88 Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, but it also welcomes your four-legged pals, making it a dog lover's paradise. Located just outside the charming city of Winchester, its fifteen comfortable rooms are ideal for visitors looking for a quiet base from which to explore the surrounding area. Reachable from the M3's junction 9, it's a great option for people heading to the South Coast or wanting to visit the South Downs and New Forest.

After you've taken a seat at this quaint inn, let's see what fascinating things to do and what magical locations Winchester has to offer.

Activities to Enjoy

Walking and Hiking in South Downs National Park

Within the South Downs National Park, Winchester has a variety of hiking trails for those who enjoy the outdoors. Beautiful vistas and an opportunity to get back in touch with nature are what these routes offer. Don't pass up the chance to hike parts of the South Downs Way, which is renowned for its stunning scenery.

Cycling Through Winchester's Rolling Hills

Bike riding is a great way to see Winchester if you're the type who travels best on two wheels. Take a bike rental and travel around the area's charming villages and undulating hills. There are lovely riding paths in the Itchen Valley in particular that allow you to take in the picturesque surroundings.

Winchester Science Centre - Fun for the Whole Family

The Winchester Science Centre is a must-see location if you're travelling with kids. With its variety of interactive exhibits, this science and technology centre promises to be both instructive and enjoyable. It's the ideal location to pique young brains and will undoubtedly captivate both children and adults.

Places to Visit

1. Seasons Cookery School - A Culinary Journey

Situated in a quaint well house that has been restored and situated on the grounds of Lainston House, Seasons Cookery School provides a unique experience for foodies. This school offers a special chance to learn from award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs within Exclusive, with its cutting-edge cooking equipment, contemporary dining area, and gorgeous kitchen garden equipped with a pizza oven. For both novice and experienced cooks, it's a great experience.

2. Ilfra - Paintings

Enter the world of art at Ilfra, where magnificent displays highlight the creations of accomplished painters. Take in the fine details of a few paintings as you wander around the exhibition space and let the artwork carry you away to a creative and imaginative world.

3. Winchester Golf Academy - Tee Off with a View

The Winchester Golf Academy is a pleasure for golf fans. With PowerTees and fully-flighted balls, you may enjoy the comfort of a 24-bay covered driving range powered by Toptracer, where you can practise your swing. Savour food and beverages delivered straight to you from The Kitchen while you hone your golfing talents. In the centre of Winchester, it's a golfer's dream come true.

4. St. Catherine's Hill - Nature's Beauty Unveiled

On the outskirts of Winchester, St. Catherine's Hill is a charming hill of chalk downland with a 43-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest that is a must-see for nature enthusiasts. This public natural wonder is owned by Winchester College and welcomes you to come and take in its splendour.

5. Winchester Cathedral - A Timeless Gem

The beautiful Winchester Cathedral, one of the biggest of its sort in Northern Europe, is one of the city's most recognisable features. Experience the centuries of splendour and stories hidden in every nook and cranny of this magnificent cathedral's rich past. Investigate its intriguing past and marvel at its breathtaking architecture.

Eateries to Satisfy Every Craving

Winchester is home to a fantastic variety of eateries and pubs that are sure to tempt your palate. There's a culinary journey for every palate, from the exposed beams and exquisite modern British cuisine at The Chesil Rectory to the opulent country bar, The Wykeham Arms, which offers high-quality, locally produced food and is located between the Cathedral and a 14th-century college.

Savour wood-fired pizza in a riverside garden at The Willow Tree or unwind in a riverfront refuge at The Bridge Inn, ideal for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Jolly Farmer is a great place to visit if you want local venison and quality ales. Fulflood Arms is a must-visit for people who are passionate about European lagers and a great selection of gins.


Explore Winchester at your leisure, taking in its natural beauties, renowned restaurants, and old taverns. It is a city that skilfully combines modernity, culture, and history, making it the perfect travel destination for people looking for fresh experiences and classic appeal.

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