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Winchester Royal Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This 16th-century hotel has a walled garden and is in the centre of Winchester
  • The Garden Restaurant, housed in a conservatory, boasts a wide selection of local cheeses
  • Winchester Cathedral and the local shops are within a 5-minute walk
  • Jane Austen's House Museum is a 25-minute drive away

Enjoyed This
(380 Member Ratings)
"Location, nice being in centre of town."
Dec 15, 2017
Sherborne, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Winchester railway station is a 10-minute walk away and has services to destinations including Southampton and London Waterloo. Parking is £10 per car, per day, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rooms & Rates

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With its medieval architecture, magnificent cathedral and nearby South Downs countryside, Winchester is a great destination for a mini break. The Winchester Royal Hotel is in the centre of town and is the only hotel in the city that has a walled garden -- nicknamed the "secret garden" by locals.

Originally a private house, the property then became a bishop's residence and later a convent, and has been a hotel for the past 150 years. The Garden Restaurant, which overlooks the walled garden and terrace, serves modern European dishes and has a large collection of local cheeses.

From the hotel, The Great Hall, an atmospheric 13th-century hall featuring a medieval round table linked to King Arthur, is less than 10 minutes' walk away.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is a 15-minute drive away.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Off-street parking (fees apply)
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Car parking is limited, subject to availability and charged at £10 per night.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(380 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Winchester Royal Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Location, nice being in centre of town.
Other Comments
Very comfortable. Good breakfast. Friendly staff.
Lillian Dec 15, 2017 Sherborne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quiet room and super, varied breakfast overlooking very attractive garden
Gail Dec 14, 2017 New Milton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, location, location
David Dec 14, 2017 AngmeringLittlehampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Did not go due to illness so no comment
Other Comments
My wife was very ill and had to cancel. Lost our money!
Peter Dec 13, 2017 Farnborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous meal in the restaurant
Other Comments
Check in time was stated at 2pm on booking confirmation but in fact it is 3 so we had to wait before we could check in. Also we had confirmed twin rooms but were allocated doubles. The hotel sorted it out but it wasn’t a good start to the trip.
erica Dec 08, 2017 Crawley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent staff and very professional approach
Other Comments
Garden rooms on the first floor have a better view and are possibly less noisy if there are visitors on the lawn. Rooms are very clean and tidy, linen is excellent best towels we have seen in any UK hotels of this standard. Good selection of food at breakfast although staff struggled to keep up with demand.
Julian Dec 06, 2017 Reading, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Central location
Melanie Dec 05, 2017 Camberley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location excellent
Ann Dec 04, 2017 Redhill, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable and quiet. Good breakfast. Good value.
Other Comments
Car park small and quite expensive. Meals quite expensive.
Nicholas Dec 02, 2017 Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
breakfast was ok and location was great. Shame really - could do better.
Other Comments
Room was musty and damp , the windows were steamed up with condensation and this was running down the windows and forming puddles on the window sill. Receptionist and house manager said they had never received any other complaints about this!! which I find very difficult to believe No room in car park, so parked on road , but this finished at 8.00am so I moved my car late evening ( good job I hadn't had a drink) when space available , despite this the receptionist still charged me the FULL rate of £10.00. Sorry but was just not good enough. I will also be writing a review on Tripadvisor, maybe management may comment?
john Nov 30, 2017 hereford, United Kingdom

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