The Winchester Tourist Information Office is the best place to start when planning an itinerary for your visit to Winchester and we wouldn’t wish to try and do their job in telling you where you should or should not go.
However we will try to help by pointing you in the right direction if you have never been to Winchester before and are coming for a specific reason.
Whether you are researching a relative or friend who served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment or just visiting Winchester then we are probably centrally located for all the other places you may go and see and therefore a good starting point. We recruited heavily from the County of Hampshire and so can be considered to be a microcosm of Hampshire’s History.
The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum is about 5 minutes’ walk from the other military museums – you can either follow the signs within the old barracks or go back to the Romsey Road and come along Southgate Street. Before you ask why we are in a different place we will try to explain. The old Peninsula Barracks was built on two levels – The Hampshire Regiment Depot was on Lower Barracks (with Serle’s House as its headquarters) and the Royal Green Jackets Depot was on Upper Barracks. When the barracks were sold off for residential property we were keen to stay in the building that had been associated with the Regiment for many years.
The Cathedral and the Great Hall (King Arthur’s Round Table) are obvious and important sites that you will probably need to see. Once in the Great Hall, if you leave via the rear door into Queen Eleanor’s Garden you will find some steps which will take you to the rear of the Horsepower Museum and the Gurkha Museum. Just around the corner is the Royal Green Jackets’ Museum and the Rifles’ Collection; in the Old Guard Room is the Adjutant General’s Corps which also houses The Little Kitchen cafe where you can consolidate the knowledge you have absorbed over a well-deserved cup of tea or coffee.