VW Campervan hire Winchester
Looking for a weekend break or part of a larger tour? Our Winchester campervan hire experience is ready and waiting for you. As a Wintonian, our hire service is only a short distance away. Head off from Fulflood, Abbot's Barton or wherever it may be and be settling into your campervan within minutes.
Winchester residents have booked their campervan road trip with us in the past and have really appreciated how conveniently located our campervan for hire service is.
Located just 12 miles from our VW campervan hire facility, the city of Winchester with its mixture of nearby countryside and urban feel, make this pretty city a much sought-after place. It is regularly voted for as one of the best places to live in the UK!
It is an excellent choice for a campervan trip but why not plan your VW Campervan hire around Winchester and set off onto a larger tour of Hampshire. With unlimited mileage, you are free to roam wherever you please.
There are three exits for Winchester from the M3, all lead into the heart of the city where you can find parking for your campervan either on-street or car parks. Winchester has made finding and paying for parking so easy – download the free Park Winchester app by Winchester BID. Find parking spaces across Winchester’s main car parks and Park & Ride sites. Available from the App Store and Google Play.
If you decide to visit Winchester on a Sunday, parking is free all day!
ensuring you are never to far away from your campervan and home comforts!
Winchester was once the Capital city of England before William the Conqueror decided that both Winchester and London would be Capitals when he was crowned at both cities. However, in the fourteenth century, Winchester lost its Capital title and turned into the slightly less chaotic picturesque City it is today.
Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe, with the longest nave, and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. With its history dating back as far as AD 642, you could easily spend the whole day here alone!
Fun fact, a deep-sea diver named William Walker, was called in to save the Cathedral from collapse, as the earlier efforts to underpin the waterlogged foundations were failing. William worked tirelessly for six years underwater and in the dark, to ensure all the groundwater could be pumped out and the subsiding walls could then be underpinned by bricklayers.
In his memory, you can find a statue of him in his diving suit at the far end of the cathedral. We think he would have welcomed the comforts of a cosy campervan to return to after a hard day saving the Cathedral, if only our campervan hire service was around then!
The Great Hall
Another historical must-see is the Great Hall. The remnants of Winchester Castle. One of the finest medieval aisled halls of the 13th century which was once part of the magnificent Winchester Castle. The castle was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings.
In 1222 Henry III, with his love of architecture, began the construction of one of the earliest Gothic-styled medieval halls. Most of the castle stones were taken for building elsewhere and all that remains now is The Great Hall. Which proudly holds the legendary Round Table, which is famously linked to King Arthur and his Knights.
That round table is mightly impressive but I bet it couldn’t be cleverly concealed inside a door like our ingenious campervans do!
Step outside into Queen Eleanor’s garden, and relax amongst the herbs and plants that were abundant in the 13th century! You can then take a glimpse at the underground Sally Port, secret passages made to surprise an enemy, or return to the safety of the castle undetected during battle.
With so much history confined to this small city, is one day in Winchester going to be enough?
Rural Walks and Literary Greats of Winchester
For the intrepid explorers among you, and for a more rural Winchester, nearby at St Catherine’s Hill is a small but dramatic chalk hill to the south-east of Winchester.
For the more adventurous of you, the hill rises steeply some 67 metres from the water meadows of the River Itchen, and when you reach the summit of the hill at 97 metres, it really does provide a fine view over Winchester and the surrounding area.
Please note, some of the paths are unsurfaced and uneven in places. If you want to park your trusty campervan nearby you can use Garnier Road car-park, further information regarding access can be found here.
The nearby countryside between Winchester and Newbury, inspired Richard Adams’ best-selling book Watership Down. It seems as if Winchester has an attraction for writers as world-famous novelist, Jane Austen, spent the last few weeks of her life in Winchester and is buried within the Cathedral grounds.
When walking through the cobbled streets of the City centre, see if you can find the bookshop, at which it is reported, Jane had an account with!
Shopping and Architecture
Winchester has some beautiful architecture and you can see this as you wander through the winding side streets. You will also find some amazing independent shops that fill them! Maybe you treat yourself to something special from a city steeped in history! A mix of old and new, there really is something for everyone in this beautiful city.
Food and Drink
If you fancy taking a break from cooking in your campervan, you will be spoilt for choice here as there are plenty of good old-fashioned pubs and restaurants within Winchester. A wide variety of international cuisine, alongside beers, wines & cocktails from around the world, you may just have to come back, again and again, to sample what is on offer!
Be sure to visit The Black Boy public house. A traditional pub with so many knick-knacks and curiosities inside, it'll be sure to keep you intrigued. Also sporting a dedicated Gin bar with over 100 Gins for every taste.
Why not also try some of the freshest local flavours – from Watercress – Winchester’s local leaf, wild trout fresh from the chalk streams of the Rivers Test and Itchen, as well as award-winning English sparkling wine from Hambledon Vineyard.
The growing popularity in homegrown local produce shows at the farmers market which is one of the largest farmers market in the UK. Open from 9 am – 2 pm on the second and last Sunday of each month, if you happen to be visiting when the market is on you will find over 80 vendors selling meat, game, cheese, milk, cream, ice cream, honey, breads, cakes, fresh and smoked fish, and a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
Don’t forget that the VW campervan that you hired from us comes with a 32-litre fridge so you’ll be able to keep any purchases nice and fresh.
Stroll around the huge range of stalls and sample some of the best crop of food that Hampshire has to offer. You may want to rest and try some of the local produce at one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby. Or pick up some cooking tips from the locals and try out your culinary skills with some fresh local food in your VW California campervan in the fully equipped kitchen.
This relatively small city keeps up with the ‘big boys’ when it comes to regular events, attractions and even festivals! The Hat Fair held in July each year is a free family-friendly festival of Street Performance and Outdoor Arts.
The name comes from the busking term ‘hatting’ when performers relied solely on the money thrown into their ‘hat’ as payment for their art or performance.
The festival is the UK’s longest continually running outdoor arts festival and it takes place every year during the first weekend of July across the historic city of Winchester. Friday & Saturday are jam-packed with artsy performances and culture all around Winchester city centre, whilst on Sunday there is an all-day family picnic at the North Walls Recreation Ground, with some of the world’s most spectacular street performers.
There is something for everyone to enjoy, and best of all it's absolutely FREE to attend. An extremely popular family festival with a record-breaking attendance in 2019, you will need to get to Winchester early to secure your spot!
Booking your Winchester VW campervan trip is simple. You can make use of our VW campervan hire service immediately by visiting us online or call us about your camper van hire requirements.
Winchester is also really easy to get to from our base.
Our Southampton HQ is easily accessible via the M27 Motorway, we are only a short distance away from Junction 3 and 18 minutes from Winchester centre making it super convenient to hire your campervan and head off on your road-trip.
All of our VW campervans are of the highest specification and we look after them lovingly. They are all new enough to be under manufacturers warranty so you can be assured of a quality and comfortable experience. All you need to do is choose which VW campervan suits you best.
We reckon Daisy is a perfect choice for this location but we shall leave you to decide!
From here who knows where you and your campervan will go with unlimited UK mileage, the only question you will need to ask yourself is how much can I fit into the time I have!
With so many beautiful places of interest just in Hampshire alone, you will just have to holiday in one of our beautiful VW campervans again and again!
Our Happy Campers
"Really easy to book and the van was brilliant - clean, all in good working order and a professional service from the owner. We really enjoyed it and will be booking again in future, thanks very much"
Customer from St Cross
"Quick to respond to queries, accommodating and helpful. Explanations were clear and helpful. The van we hired was in great condition and was easy to use compared to other vans hired in the past. Thanks Darryl for a great experience."
Customer from Weeke
Customer from Stanmore
"We hired the California Ocean for a weekend away in Weymouth and it didn’t disappoint!! The van was a dream to drive and absolutely immaculate. Would highly recommend and looking forward to booking again!"
Two Hoots Campsite
A multi award-winning, small friendly site with stunning views, near wonderful woodland walks, lots to do, many local attractions, activities & experience days, something for everyone!
Three Trees Camping
A Quiet spacious campsite offering generously spaced large pitches, ideally located at the heart of test valley, situated between the city of Winchester and the historic market town of Romsey.
Folly Farm is a non-working farm with 10 acres of beautiful countryside flanked by woodland. This peaceful location is perfectly positioned for walking, cycling, bird watching, nature spotting and quiet enjoyment of the lovely Hampshire countryside.
Our Favourite Festival in Winchester
Our Favourite Festival in Winchester is Alresford Music Festival.
Alresford Music Festival (AMF) celebrated its 10th birthday last year and happens every year, usually in June. Suitable for all ages, the festival has a family arena stage packed with a full programme of music & entertainment.
Performing arts are also celebrated at this venue and the Bizarre has an eclectic mix to satisfy anybody's particular interests.
You can find out more about this festival at their main site alresfordmusicfestival.com