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The historic city of Winchester

Winchester is a small, historic city in the South of England. There has been a settlement here since Roman times and the town was once the capital of England. Winchester is a typically English town with charming architecture spanning the medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras. Winchester has many places of historical interest such as the 900-year-old Cathedral which houses the Winchester Bible and Jane Austen’s grave, The Great Hall where you can see the Round Table which was once believed to be King Arthur’s, and the water meadows where the poet Keats wandered and composed his famous Ode to Autumn.

Film and TV fans may recognise parts of Winchester from Les Miserables and The Da Vinci Code. Scenes from Netflix’s The Crown were filmed here and fans of Downton Abbey can visit its filming location, Highclere Castle, which is a 25-minute car drive away.

Further afield, it is very easy to visit London, Bournemouth, Stonehenge, Oxford and Bath from here. Fast trains to London leave regularly and take only an hour to arrive.

Winchester School of English is in the heart of the city and close to all its amenities. There are shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, a cinema and a theatre. Studying in Winchester means studying away from the crowds. Winchester is lively and bustling but does not have the number of tourists of London or other towns on the south coast. The people of Winchester are welcoming and friendly. Our students feel comfortable and safe here and very quickly feel part of the community.

For details of places to visit in the Winchester area contact the Winchester Tourist Board on +44 1962 840500 or visit Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

Just one hour from London, Winchester lies surrounded by Hampshire’s countryside on the edge of the South Downs – ideally placed for a short break in the South of England.


By road: conveniently located just off Junctions 9, 10 and 11 of the M3. Also accessible via the A34 from Newbury and Oxford.

By rail: just an hour by direct train from London Waterloo, Winchester is also on direct routes from Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Birmingham and the north of England. You can check for all your rail connections to Winchester from across the UK and Europe with Omio.

By coach: National Express operate regular coach services to London, Heathrow and Oxford

By ferry: Winchester is a 40 minute drive from Portsmouth’s ferry port

Cruise: Winchester is a 20 minute drive from Southampton’s cruise terminals

Air: Winchester is just 15 minutes by road or rail from Southampton International Airport. London Heathrow is 50 miles away and London Gatwick is 72 miles away.


Photos: Joe Low, Winchester Tourist Information and Winchester School of English

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