Museums in Winchester     

Historians and tourists looking to uncover Britain's past will find plenty to occupy them on their visit to Winchester.

The Holiday Inn Winchester is not only well situated for the historic Cathedral city of Winchester; it is also a short drive from a number of world renowned areas and attractions of historic and literary interest, including Jane Austen’s House set in the beautiful village of Chawton, Chawton House – an stately Elizabethan Mansion and the former home of Jane Austen’s brother, Gilbert White’s House, the historic market town of Alresford and also within easy reach of Highclere Castle, where ‘Downton Abbey’ is filmed.

Winchester City Museum

The Winchester City Museum is Hampshire's oldest museum.

The Museum tells the story of the city of Winchester, from an important Roman City later principal city of King Alfred. Through galleries, discover Winchester from its origins as a prehistoric trading centre and Roman regional capital, to its pre-eminence as a principal city in the Anglo- Norman kingdom and then development and decline in the Middle Ages, through to modern times. 


 The Guardroom Museum

The Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps is situated in the Guardroom of Peninsula Barracks in Winchester.

The Guardroom Museum in WinchesterLocated in the Centre of Winchester a visit to the museum is a must on your historic tour of the city. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am till 5pm entry to see artifacts such as the War Department Driving Permit that once belonged to Her Majesty the Queen, is free! Whilst your here why not visit the four other Military museums on site or take a look round the visitors centre.


The Gurkha Museum

The Gurkha Museum in Winchester tells the moving story of the Gurkha service to the British Crown and its people over the last 200 years.

Logo of The Gurkha Museum in WinchesterAt the Gurkha Museum you will find a fitting tribute to the 'bravest of the brave most generous of the generous...'.
Learn about Nepalese culture and the story of the Gurkha or check out some of the lecture events, click here for more details.


The Westgate Museum

The Westgate at the top of High Street is one of two surviving fortified medieval gateways in Winchester that used to be a lockup prison for the drunken and disorderly and a debtors' gaol for 150 years. You can still see the prisoners' graffiti on the walls. In 1898, the City Corporation acquired the Westgate and began to use it as a museum and repository for the City archives.


Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England ever produced, known worldwide for her romantic fiction, including Pride & Prejudice, which was voted as the one book the nation couldn’t live without. Chawton House is where she spent the last eight years of her life and is where she re-wrote the famous novel. 

Today, the 17th Century home has been preserved to tell the story of the novelist, her work and family.  The museum showcases some of Austen's family portraits and touching memorabilia such as the handkerchief she embroidered for her sister, original manuscripts and a bookcase containing first editions of her novels.  


Beaulieu Motor Museum 

Beaulieu National Motor Museum is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Home to a stunning collection of automobiles telling the history of motoring through modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix machines. Current exhibitions include Bond In Motion, with the worlds largest original collection of James Bond motors, and World of Top Gear featuring vehicles from some of the most ambitious challenges.

Located 25 miles away from the Holiday Inn Winchester Beaulieu Motor Museum makes for the perfect family day out.

For more information or to see upcoming events at Beaulieu click here.