This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | privatewalks@walks.com to make a booking.

Royal Winchester

Guided by Hilary

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Short read: In Winchester the whole tapestry of English history unfurls before us…

Long read: Winchester is the city of King Alfred the Great, quondam capital of England, perhaps even the Camelot of Arthur. Winchester is Winchester College, founded in 1382 and the very pattern of the English public school. Winchester is the Great Hall of the Norman castle. Winchester is the mediaeval Westgate. Winchester is – glory of glories* – the Cathedral. Words can’t begin to do justice to the astonishing vista of its seemingly endless interior – it’s the longest cathedral in Europe. Winchester is the Round Table of King Arthur. Winchester is Jane Austen country and the muted voices of grazing sheep and the merry click of bat upon ball and the lush green fields of England.

*Let’s close with that glory of glories. All by itself, Winchester Cathedral makes Winchester a not-to-be-missed destination. It’s one of the greatest churches in the world. With its variety of styles, it’s a handbook of late medieval architecture. It was an important pilgrimage shrine. It has extraordinary medieval woodcarvings – something that’s very rare. It has breathtaking elements of mediaeval fresco, which in England is even rarer. It has a piece of floor of the original tile, which is still rarer. It has a beyond price medieval manuscript, one of the world’s greatest holy books – the 12th century Winchester Bible. It has a series of uniquely important tombs – important not just for who’s in them but even more so for their design and decoration. Winchester Cathedral is ground zero for English tombs, leaving even Westminster Abbey in its wake.

ROYAL WINCHESTER – THE PRACTICALS

We go to Winchester on TBA. Meet Hilary OBE at TBA by the main ticket office of Waterloo Railway Station. The main ticket office is directly opposite Platform 16.

Anything else? Yes, the following…

Peace of mind can’t wait. Why should it have to?

Problem solved: we only go to Winchester once each summer but you can reserve your place now. 

What’s the cost? The cost is made up of the guide’s fee plus the Tariff (train fare and any admission fees). The adult Tariff for the Day in Winchester is £45 (there are further reductions for students and seniors). For children under 9 accompanied by their parent(s) a reduced Tariff is the only charge. For the total cost of the Day in Winchester simply add the guide’s fee to the Tariff.

*The guide’s fee for the Day in Winchester is £25 for adults. Or £22 for Super Adults (over 65s),  students and people with the London Walks Discount Card. Youngsters aged 9-15 go for £8. Kids under 9 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.

The Tariffs – fares, admission fees where applicable, etc. – for our Day in Winchester and other Out of Town Trips are normally a significant saving on what you’d pay were you to “go it alone” with your fares, etc. But if you’ve got, say, a Brit Rail Card or some other super cheap deal that’s better than the train fare to and from Winchester we’re able to get for you just say the word and your Tariff will be pro-rated accordingly. You’ll never have to pay twice or pay over the odds.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Royal Winchester walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.

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