At the heart of Hampshire is Winchester, a city consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the UK. Here’s an example of the local information we gather about an area on your behalf and some great reasons why this particular city is so desirable to move to.
Great for Access
Convenient accessibility and great links make Winchester well situated for both business and leisure. The train station, a five-minute walk from the city centre, provides regular, direct services to London Waterloo (just 53 minutes), the South Coast, Scotland and the Midlands. Southampton International Airport is 15 minutes away; the cruise terminals of Southampton and Portsmouth are easily reached by road or rail; and the New Forest is just a short drive to the west.
Great for education
Winchester schools enjoy a great, and worthy, reputation for excellence across all stages, with a wide variety of approaches to education. Here you can find an extensive, but not necessarily exhaustive, list of the primary and secondary schools, independent and state-run, as well as the the sixth form colleges that can be found in Winchester, along with their OFSTED or equivalent ratings.
Great for family life
There are a host of attractions and family friendly venues both in Winchester and within easy reach of the city centre. Whether you are looking to entertain pre-school children, teenagers, or even avoid kids altogether, we can advise on the best places to go. From play parks to visitor attractions and interesting activities, as well as a host of family friendly bars and restaurants, there is always something to suit most family needs.
Great for culture
Winchester is steeped in history and culture, with fascinating attractions that are waiting to be explored. At the heart of the city, Winchester Cathedral offers a haven of tranquility, whilst the Theatre Royal puts on a varied programme of comedy, plays and concerts. The Discovery Centre hots a stimulating programme of exhibitions, lectures and workshops; and the interactive Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium can keep adults and children amused for hours. See Visit Winchester for more information.
Great for social life
Award-winning bars, restaurants, popular cafes and coffee shops promote a lively, sociable atmosphere in Winchester's city centre - by day and by night. High Street stores combined with independent retailers are a magnet for shoppers hunting for unusual gifts, and the seasonal markets draw in the crowds with their eclectic range of goods and entertainment. There is also a quaint cinema in a converted chapel that shows blockbusters as well as independent and foreign language films.
Great for the countryside
The rolling hills of the South Downs are literally on your doorstep and walkers are never too far from a refreshment stop at a picturesque village or market town. Cyclists and nature lovers feel at home here with many lovely paths along water meadows and river banks, as well as several challenging hills with breathtaking views. The beautiful beaches of Bournemouth, Poole or West Wittering are all less than an hour away.