Situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside
With The King’s Head as your base, you can discover the rich historic and cultural attractions in and around Winchester. Visit the sprawling gothic architecture of Winchester Cathedral or venture to the south coast where you can journey to the New Forest or even take a ferry to the Isle of Wight.
We’ve highlighted some of our favourite local attractions below and are always happy to help make suggestions and arrangements for our guests when possible.
Just 15 minutes from The King’s Head, you can find yourself in the beautiful and historic city of Winchester and marvel at one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Europe. Winchester is also home to the site of the historic Winchester Castle, dating back to 1067 AD, of which remains the magnificent Great Hall, housing the treasured and fabled Arthurian Round Table. You will also want to tour the city’s great shops, museums or visit their world-class science centre and planetarium.
The New Forest National Park is a mosaic of ancient and ornamental woodland, heather-covered heaths, boggy mires, picturesque villages and a coastline of mudflats and saltmarshes. The area is believed to have the highest concentration of ancient trees in Western Europe and is also of particular importance for birds, invertebrates and reptiles, supporting the largest breeding population of Dartford warblers in the UK.
Mid Hants Railway
Take a journey on a carefully restored steam train through the scenic Hampshire countryside. The Mid-Hants Railway departs from New Alresford stopping in Ropley, famous for their spectacular topiary, before taking a steep climb to the picturesque country station at Medstead & Four Marks, the highest station in the south of England and ending in the busy market town of Alton. Enjoy a pint on the ‘Real Ale Trains’ which run on select Saturdays, you can even enjoy a Sunday lunch or afternoon tea on some catered trains.
The Grange Park Opera
Acclaimed for superb singing, outstanding conducting and magnificent stage sets, for 7 weeks, from the end of May to mid-July, Grange Park runs a program of four productions and has quickly established itself as one of the major music festivals in Europe’s operatic summer season. Enjoy a world-class production in an intimate 550-seat state-of-the-art theatre built within a 18th century conservatory in one of the most celebrated neo-classical mansions in Britain.
Jane Austen’s House
Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this unpretentious cottage from 1809 until 1817. It was in this house that Jane’s genius flourished and where she was free to write. You will be able to explore the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote. The cottage itself houses a collection of Jane Austen artefacts whilst retaining the charms of the early 19th century home that Jane would have known.