Winchester station has two platforms, for for northbound travel and one southbound. Direct trains from London Waterloo are available frequently throughout the day on weekdays and Sundays see several morning services run. To get to Winchester from the south of the UK generally means only one change at London. Train operators for the London to Winchester route are South West Trains and Great Western and the journey time is a little over an hour. A direct route between Birmingham and Winchester is available from Crosscountry Trains, taking around 2 hours and 20 minutes, and as many connecting trains from the north of the UK change at Birmingham. This limits the number of changes needed to arrive at Winchester.
The Medieval city of Winchester is abundant in history, making it the perfect place to visit if you are looking for fantastic architecture, culture and heritage. The magnificent cathedral is full of artefacts, wall paintings and contemporary art and is the longest medieval cathedral in the UK. Another historic site is the Great Hall, which houses the legendary Round Table, famed for its links to King Arthur and his knights. Winchester also boasts a selection of independent shops and boutiques, perfect for finding that unique gift, whilst there are a number of award winning restaurants and pubs which can cater for all tastes. For those of you who love the outdoors, Winchester is in the heart of the South Downs, recently awarded National Park status, and home to an array of wildlife and natural beauty.