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Winchester Royal Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This 16th-century hotel has a walled garden and is in the centre of Winchester
  • The Garden Restaurant, housed in a conservatory, serves a wide selection of local cheeses cheeses, and is praised by The Daily Telegraph for its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food
  • Winchester Cathedral and the local shops are within a 5-minute walk
  • Jane Austen's House Museum is a 25-minute drive away

"Excellent location , staff were very helpful and food was first class. Highly recommend this hotel"
13. Nov 2019 - Worthing, United Kingdom
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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.The Daily Telegraph praises its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food.

From the hotel, The Great Hall, an atmospheric 13th-century hall featuring a medieval round table said to be linked to King Arthur, is less than 10 minutes' walk away, while Winchester Cathedral and the high street are five minutes' away.

We recommend a stroll alongside the River Itchen from the National Trust-owned Winchester City Mill to College Street, where you can see Winchester College and the house Jane Austen lived in for the last few months of her life.

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 the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • 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


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Cot not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: Car park fee: £10 per night.
Limited space available, first come-first served basis.

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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(367 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Winchester Royal Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent location , staff were very helpful and food was first class. Highly recommend this hotel
Yvonne 13. Nov 2019 Worthing, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant couple of nights. The bedroom was too hot the first night, but got it sorted for the second by turning the radiator off and opening the window.
Joan 13. Nov 2019 Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant stay in good hotel in centre of Winchester enabling easy access to city and cathedral.
Other Comments
Disabled access ;'lift' is embarrassingly clunky and loud. Lack of disabled access toilet in foyer area necessitates use of this . Generally not geared up for disabled visitors, although Garden Wing is otherwise ideal . Access to breakfast buffet is possible on level access but this is not pointed out until you have negotiated steps down to dining room and then up to buffet even with visible walking aid.
Judith 13. Nov 2019 Cardiff, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location right in the centre of Winchester. Good food, especially the breakfast. Staff were friendly but slow in the restaurant.
John 13. Nov 2019 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Had a lovely time. Location of hotel is fantastic for exploring all Winchester has to offer.
Alison 12. Nov 2019 Ashford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel and very comfortable. Staff very friendly and excellent food.
Mrs Jill 11. Nov 2019 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic location, excellent breakfast, friendly and helpful staff.
11. Nov 2019 Banstead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Pleasantly situated with a lovely garden, ideal for a summer's evening. Reception was friendly and efficient. Food was very good with breakfast being first class.
Other Comments
Very pleasant staff but sometimes needed prompting to get the service expected. Morning call missed and paper not delivered on first morning. Once discussed things worked as hoped for.
Dudley 11. Nov 2019 Farnham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great food, friendly staff
Joe 11. Nov 2019 Worthing, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great place to stay easy access into the city everything you want in walking distance for anyone with a reasonable/ordinary level of fitness.
John 11. Nov 2019 Crawley, United Kingdom

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