Top things to do
A bespoke things to do on a three night stay guide, handpicked for Mrs H, from USA whose interests include “gardens and gardening, naval and sea stuff”.
Healthy breakfast at Rawberry cafe.
Catch the train down to Portsmouth Harbour to visit the Historic Dockyards (the dockyard is around 100 yards from the station) where you will find Nelson’s Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose amongst other things (we recommend buying your tickets in advance online to save time once there). Also found there is The Porter’s Garden, a garden recreated on the original 1754 site in the Historic Dockyard.
Head back to Winchester for dinner in the courtyard of Loch Fyne restaurant on Jewry Street. The restaurant building dates back to 1509.
Hearty breakfast at Forte Kitchen on Parchment Street. Stroll on over to The Great Hall where you will see the famous King Arthur’s Round Table. The head on down to the stunning Abbey Gardens (look out for the extremely friendly ginger tom cat that like to pop out unexpectedly!) and enjoy lunch in the River Cottage Kitchen in the gardens. Then onto the beautiful Winchester Cathedral. Take the guided tour, visit the crypt to see Antony Gormley’s mysterious yet peaceful Sculpture II statue, discover Jane Austen’s grave and wander around the delightful grounds. Finish off your visit to the cathedral with a glorious Hampshire cream tea in the cafe.
After a freshen up back at your accommodation it’s off for dinner in the brand new Ivy Brasserie on the High Street.
Pack and depart to your next destination or better still extend your stay as there is so much to do in Winchester you need to spend at least 7 days here...if not three weeks!
But before you head off why not stop for breakfast at the Leaf & Bean Cafe near to the train station.