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Things to do in Winchester

Two students talking whilst walking down a busy, cobbled shopping street.

Our ancient city offers a thriving arts and culture scene that rivals much bigger university towns. With beautiful architecture, riverside walks, and lots of pubs, cafés and restaurants, you'll enjoy a great social life while living in Winchester.

City facts and tips

  • Total population: 45,000

  • Student population: 9,000

  • Closest airport: Southampton

  • Train time to London: 1 hour

  • International food: several shops and restaurants

  • Safety ranking: very low crime rate

    • Take a tour of Winchester

      Join us on a quick virtual tour of Winchester and discover why this vibrant cultural and historical hub was once the capital of England. We'll show you the sights, sounds and events of the city, and give you a brief introduction to Winchester School of Art.