If you’re looking to add a little history and culture to your stay then the cathedral city of Winchester is just over half an hour away. This historic and unspoilt cathedral city is home to classic architecture including Winchester Cathedral and the surviving ruins of Wolvesey Castle

Explore England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.

If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore this stunning part of the world, The Anchor Inn is a traditional, welcoming pub with comfortable rooms that is near to many of the sights and landmarks that Hampshire has to offer.

Our delicious meals are created with fresh, seasonal produce, and we have plenty of delicious Butcombe beer on tap behind the bar.


A Brief Overview Of Winchester

Located in Hampshire, at the western end of the South Downs National Park, it’s a wonderful destination full of historic architecture, including Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Here you can take a tour of the magnificent library, the exquisite 14th-century oak carved choir stalls, the soaring medieval stained glass windows and the archways of the crypt highlighted by a statue by British sculptor Antony Gormley.

For five weeks over the Christmas period, the inner close of the cathedral is turned into a large open-air ice rink – perfect for a romantic festive break.

Don’t miss the Winchester City Mill, which is the oldest working watermill in the country. It also acts as a tourist information site for the South Downs National Park, so is the perfect place to stop by to pick up maps and brochures of the local area.

Tree lovers should head to Winkworth Arboretum, managed by the National Trust, which is home to more than 1,000 species of trees and shrubs and is a must-see during bluebell season. A little further afield you will find Micheldever Wood, which offers year-round beauty.

Directions To The Anchor Inn From Winchester

Winchester to the Anchor Inn in Alton is approximately 30 minutes by car.

At Percy Hobbs Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Alresford Road/A31 – 3.7 mi

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A31 – 3.1 mi

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A31 – 6.5 mi

Once at Chawton Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A31 – 2.9 mi

Take the 2nd exit at the following roundabout and stay on A31 – 3.2 mi

Take the exit towards Bentley/Long Sutton/Lower Froyle/Crondall/Well – 0.2 mi

Turn left onto Isington Lane

Turn left at London Road

Finally, the Anchor Inn will be on your right-hand side.