The Best Hotels and B&Bs to Book Near Winchester Cathedral

Lainston House makes a perfect stay with access to Winchester Cathedral, plus plenty of quiet country charm
Lainston House makes a perfect stay with access to Winchester Cathedral, plus plenty of quiet country charm | Courtesy of Lainston House / Expedia
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7 September 2021

From B&Bs almost on the cathedral’s doorstep to nearby countryside retreats, here’s our round up of the best places to book – with Culture Trip – for a visit to the historic city’s main attraction, Winchester Cathedral.

Once the capital of England, the ancient cathedral city of Winchester still maintains a lot of its cobbled charm, its narrow streets dotted with Elizabethan and Regency buildings that house tea rooms, pubs and hotels. And with national parks such as the South Downs National Park surrounding the city, there’s plenty of space to stretch and breathe.

The Old Vine

Inn
4.7/5 (65 Reviews)
The Old Vine, Winchester
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From $233 per night per room
With an excellent central location, this 18th-century inn is a one-minute walk from the cathedral – some of the rooms have a view over the cathedral and its grounds – and right by the main cobbled streets for access to Winchester’s restaurants and bars. Much like the rest of the city, it’s pretty twee and cosy, with plenty of mahogany, large windows, pub classics and vines running up its exterior.
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Lainston House

Hotel
4.6/5 (220 Reviews)
Lainston House
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From $405 per night per room
Lainston House is a little further away in the nearby village of Sparsholt – a 13-minute drive from Winchester – but easily reachable by public transport. It’s a place to stay for a countryside retreat, while being close enough to the historic centre to explore. It’s dog-friendly – some rooms have direct outdoor access – and has extensive grounds veined with walking trails. Dog in tow or not, there’s a cookery school to enjoy with a kitchen garden and pizza oven.
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Winchester Royal Hotel

Hotel
4.1/5 (974 Reviews)
Winchester Royal Hotel
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Unavailable for the next 3 months
Despite being in the centre of the city, Winchester Royal Hotel still packs in some of the perks from accommodation on the outskirts. It offers on-site parking and has its own walled garden for outdoor dining. The restaurant uses fresh local ingredients as much as possible, serving up afternoon tea, drinks, Sunday lunches and a full menu in their award-winning restaurant.
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The Westgate Winchester

Pubs with Rooms
4.7/5 (80 Reviews)
The Westgate Winchester
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From $90 per night per room
Westgate Museum is a historic Tudor building with ancient gates — it sits at the top of the high street and is the namesake for this neighbouring pub with rooms. The 10 boutique-style rooms are all fairly modern and bright, but include extra charm with original period fireplaces and views over the city. On Fridays, there’s live music in the pub to accompany an extensive menu of fresh, homemade food.
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  • The Running Horse

    Inn
    4.3/5 (95 Reviews)
    The Running Horse
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    From $77 per night per room
    The Running Horse in the village of Littleton is 3mi from Winchester Cathedral, and 25mi from the New Forest National Park – making it a great option for pairing a city break with more wild walks. The property has a country-rustic feel, being a restored village inn with cosy fireplaces, hearty pub food and outdoor space with peaceful, green surroundings.
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    Hotel du Vin & Bistro Winchester

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (298 Reviews)
    Hotel du Vin & Bistro Winchester
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    From $163 per night per room
    The original of the Hotel du Vin chain, this one is a five-minute walk from the cathedral grounds, while also being close to the River Itchen on the outskirts of the South Downs. The Georgian building still offers a level of grandness — there’s a cigar shack, walled gardens, low-lit cosy corners in the bar and bistro and an extensive list of wines, offered under the guidance of an expert sommelier.
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    Esme’s Bed & Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast
    4.9/5 (10 Reviews)
    Esme’s Bed & Breakfast
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    Unavailable for the next 3 months
    Run independently by Esme, this back-to-basics B&B is in the heart of the city centre and gets all the important details right – including port and biscuits in the bedrooms. A seven-minute walk south and you’ll reach the cathedral, but Winnall Moors Nature Reserve – a protected meadowland and chalk stream – is also under a 10-minute walk away. Esme’s is known for its friendly atmosphere and thoughtful little touches that make it feel more personal.
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    South Winchester Lodges

    Lodge
    4.7/5 (14 Reviews)
    South Winchester Lodges
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    From $309 per night per room
    A self-catered option a few miles away from the city, these Scandinavian-style log cabins come equipped with their own hot tubs that overlook the surrounding greenery of the Championship Golf Course – the lodges are directly in the centre of the grounds. Cabins have their own fireplaces and separate living rooms with balconies or patios. There are on-site spa services and barbecue grills, plus guests can use the 18-hole golf course.
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    Winchester is only an hour’s train ride away from London. For more well-located hotels, see the best ones near Trafalgar Square and the best near Tower Bridge. They’re all bookable through Culture Trip. Fill up any spare time in the city with the best outdoor cinemas in London and the oldest churches in London, then grab a bite using this foodie guide through the British capital.

    These recommendations were updated on September 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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