Discover our 1000 year history & have a view of where Queen Emma, twice queen of England, had her Winchester residency. As well as our history packs, visitors can play medieval board games and those over 18 years can book onto our ale tasting sessions!
Take a step back in time as you experience a narrated display of traditional ‘Lovers Knot’ Wedding ring being made by one of our goldsmiths. Join us afterwards for a talk on diamonds, their history and their beauty.
Join award winning architect Huw Thomas on his Peninsula Barracks' tour & discover its extraordinary history. Huw will regale you with tales of executions, ghosts, 13th century battles, & his very own 'People Power' battle to save the site.
Join us for a lively illustrated lecture on the surprising history of the Women's Institute by acclaimed social historian, Jane Robinson. Come and learn about the original social network, and the 'ordinary' women who have changed our world.
Join Andrew Bentley at Long Barn for a talk on the installation of a Physic herb garden in the grounds of Chawton House. He explains his inspiration from an 18th century book, the process of the build & details some of the 40 herbs he chose to plant.
A unique chance to peek behind-the-scenes and meet the team who manage Winchester's archaeology collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Visitors will have the opportunity to handle unique objects from the collection.
On our Self Discovery Experience you can explore the distillery with a map, listening to audio points throughout. Across the distillery's sprawling Victorian architecture, you can learn about the history of gin, Laverstoke Mill and Bombay Sapphire.
On this special costumed tour, visitors will be able to step beyond the 'no entry' signs and explore those bits that the public don't usually get to see. This is a rare chance to discover witches marks, hidden panelling, smoking dens and more.
A unique chance to peek behind-the-scenes and meet the experts who curate and conserve the natural science collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust.
Discover the history of Hyde Abbey through a display of finds from the dig including encaustic tiles. And why not have a go yourself at making a floor tile in the medieval manner? But be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Old Hyde House (ADAM Architecture) on Hyde Street was built on part of the original Hyde Abbey Precinct, established in the northern suburb of the city in the twelfth century. Visitors will have a guided tour & hear about the buildings rich history.
A wonderful opportunity to look inside a 17th century house, and to talk with the owners and professionals involved about the pain, joy and ways of reducing the energy use of a 1680s Grade 2 listed house!
Join us on a fascinating tour of the medieval heart of Winchester College, believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country and considered to have one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Southern England.
Join us on a special guided tour as we walk the inner close of Winchester Cathedral and discover over 1000years of history from monastic times to the present day.
An extraordinary opportunity to visit Hotel du Vin's wine cellar. As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations you will see some of our finest wines, carefully stowed beneath our iconic building on Southgate St.
Within the precincts of Winchester College is the beautiful and peaceful War Cloister, a memorial to former pupils who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Listen to their stories and the story of the creation of this wonderful memorial.
This gentle walk around Winchester recalls the stories of a number of significant women from history associated with the town, notably Mary Sumner (Mothers' Union), reformer Josephine Butler, novelist Charlotte Yonge & imperialist Ellen Joyce.
Jane Austen's House first opened to the public 70years ago. Hear Dr Mary Guyatt speak about the strong characters, hard work, luck & determination that has gone in to preserving this unique place of 'pilgrimage' by over a million people since.
This hour-long tour allows a rare opportunity to view two medieval rooms which house the school’s archives. Documents and artefacts relating to the school’s history, including the Foundation Charters and Founder’s Statutes, will be on display.
Come along to hear about the successes of sparkling wine production in England hosted by Hampshire’s very own Hattingley Valley, a family owned and managed vineyard and winery. There will be opportunity to taste their award winning wines as well!
Ode to Autumn was conceived on a walk in Winchester not far from the College. Dr Hands talk will explain heritage of John Keats writings and others, and will draw upon items in the College Archive not previously available for public viewing.
Award-winning author Pete Brown returns with Pie Fidelity, a journey of 9 classic British dishes.
Is British food really as bad as people think? Pete argues our traditional grub is vitally important, not only on the table but in defining who we are.
Book a visit to Winchester's very own bindery & enjoy a short talk by one of the binders giving a brief history of the bindery and the nature of the work undertaken. The visitors will be given an opportunity to see some of the books & ask questions.
Join Dr Cindy Wood from University of Winchester and see how the medieval period shaped Winchester, exploring the city walls and its heritage as well as discovering a little bit about those living here in the period up to 1500 by name and profession.
Built in 1880, extended in 1927 & restored in 2015 by Design Engine Architects, the University’s Victorian gothic revival Chapel is a jewel at the heart of the campus; a place for prayer & quiet contemplation, and a place to be moved & inspired.
Led by one of Winchester's professional tourist guides, this is a fascinating journey through the history of Chesil Street & beyond. Your tour begins inside Winchester's historic Medieval restaurant & also includes Chesil Theatre & St John's Church.
West Hill Cemetery opened in 1840 & for 75 years was Winchester's main burial grounds. Our tour will reveal its fascinating history & some of the notable people buried there, including two holders of the Victoria Cross, authors, sportsmen and mayors.
Join WinACC members as they host one of three events this Heritage Open Days - Talk to the architect-owner about part complete PassivHaus (EnerPHit) refurbishment and extension of an end of terrace 1968 townhouse.
Join Winchester Action on Climate Change members for one of three specials events this Heritage Open Days - Talk to the owners about living in this recently built fully certified Passivhaus.
Join us for a tour to explore the history of the University of Winchester and its buildings on site, with a special focus on sustainability. The tour will look at some RIBA, Civic Trust and Winchester City Trust award winning buildings.
This 45 minute tour includes part of the Warden’s Lodgings, home to the school’s historic library. There will be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible.
The Quiristers are part of the original foundation of Winchester College and have been singing here since the 14th century. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch and hear them rehearse in the beautiful surroundings of the College Chapel.
Do you know the story behind why the Mid-Hants Railway became known affectionately as the ‘Watercress Line’? Explore the history of our picturesque railway from its opening in 1865 and our connection to watercress.
This fascinating talk explores the history of the early 19th century public protests known as the 'Swing Riots. Many Barton Stacey men were involved, and the harsh quashing of the movement led to two local men being hanged and many transported!
A talk from four experts on medieval queens on four key aspects of the lives of queens, using examples which span four centuries over the Middle Ages including the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France and Elizabeth Woodville.
Join us for a fascinating evening as Alastair Stewart, ITV News journalist and presenter explores how technology has impacted on news coverage and how the internet changed values, credibility and competition.
Aged 8 to 14years? Then join the team at Rick Stein’s for a fun and interactive session where you can meet some of the creatures of the seas and rivers, get hands-on with fish, and learn more about the history of some fab fishy dishes.
Explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, & two extraordinary women who were a part of it - Empress Matilda & Queen Matilda. Fighting on different sides, they were both an important part of the battle for the Kingdom.
Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful will explore the contribution of Winchester women as she traces the Anglican Girl's Friendly Society from its parochial origins in the Winchester Diocese to its worldwide presence as an imperial organisation.
Discover the fascinating history of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and take a tour around the beautiful Barter Memorial Chapel.
Pedlars and Petticoats present “Tea and Scandal”. A light hearted conversation over tea between Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd. Gossip, recipes, poetry and extracts from letters shared. Martha collected Austen family recipes
Join us in this exclusive tour to explore its magnificent architecture and life as a defensive gateway, a debtors prison, an archive store, and pub entertainment room, before the Westgate opened to the public as a museum.
A short guided tour around Hampshire Record Office, including a visit to conservation and other areas not normally open to the public. And as part of one of this year’s Heritage theme there will also be a small exhibition about food and drink.
The Borgias have been vilified for centuries, but how much of it is actually true? Find out in this fascinating talk led by historian and author, Samantha Morris
Discover the stories of kings, queens and bishops with Winchester Tourist Guides as they guide us around Wolvesey Castle, the ruined medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester, and bring the ruins to life with their stories.
Join one of Winchester's professional Tourist Guides to see inside the elegant 18th century Assembly Room on the first floor of St John's House, where it easy to imagine Jane Austen attending a concert or dance.
Jane loves living in Hampshire and is delighted to be part of this year's Heritage Open days, she will be speaking about her MasterChef experience, life since winning and her own celebration and use of local food and drink.
More than just monasteries, medieval religious life was demonstrated in a number of ways by a number of institutions. This walking tour will take in the monasteries, friaries and hospitals of medieval Winchester and explore their impact on the city.
Join the keeper of the school’s science archive on the specially arranged viewing of a fascinating and wide range of teaching apparatus & natural history specimens, from 18th century microscopes to our present day Periodic Table installation.
At 2pm, on 30 January 1649, King Charles I stepped onto a wooden scaffold outside Whitehall’s Banqueting House. In front of thousands he was beheaded as a traitor. Historian Rebecca Rideal unravels the regicide of Charles l.
Professor Simon Keynes, one of the world’s leading Anglo-Saxon experts, will talk about two royal charters given by kings Edgar (966) and Canute (1019) to New Minster (later Hyde Abbey), the mausoleum where King Alfred the Great was buried.
Join Social and Food Historian Emma Muscat for an adventure in 1920's food. Inspired by the Downton Abbey film, Emma discusses typical culinary fare that would have been served at both high-end and working-class dining tables of the period.
In 1934 Miss Jeanie Dicks managed the first electrification of Winchester Cathedral. A"girl engineer" was unusual and press worthy at the time, but she has since been forgotten. Find out more today with curator Ceryl Evans.
A two-hour concert, performed by the Madding Crowd in period costume, highlighting early instances of People Power and associated music, including entertaining readings from diaries, newspapers and other contemporary sources.
Join our Family Chocolate Experience at Montezumas! This special event for Heritage Open Days will allow you to learn more about the history of chocolate, indulge in chocolate tasting and take part in a fun chocolate making experience!
A rare opportunity to see inside this Grade II listed mansion, now owned by IBM. Visitors will be able to explore this stunning house & IBM's unique museum. Guides will be available to answer questions & to reveal the fascinating history of Hursley.
Join us for a poetry event with the wonderful Loose Muse Poets on Sunday in St Lawrence Church, which stands on the site of the chapel of William the Conqueror’s Palace and is the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the City walls.
Join us on a walk through Hyde to Abbots Barton, commemorating the bicentenary of John Keats famous ode 'To Autumn'. Considered one of the most perfect poems in the English language and composed here in Winchester 200 years ago.