The Wykeham Arms

                 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester

This pub’s web site:

Dream Vacation in England: Other Great Places to Stay—Wykeham Arms

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The Wykeham Arms was voted one of the top ten pubs in the UK. Named after William Wykeham, the former Bishop of Winchester and founder of  Winchester College, it’s located within spitting distance of both the College and the Cathedral. It’s a cosy, old-fashioned place packed with memorabilia, including old school desks
from the College that serve as tables. The Wykeham Arms began as an 18th century coaching inn and still rents rooms over the pub.


The bedrooms are quite large and as

full of interesting collectables as

the pub. On school mornings, you can

see the students of Winchester College

walking to class in the street below.

The breakfast, included in your room

rate, is served in the second floor

breakfast room. Like the rest of the food

at The Wykeham Arms, it’s very good. The restaurant has won a number of awards and is very popular locally. Make dinner reservations when you book a room, to be sure to get a table.

Parking can be a problem, because the parking lot behind the pub is quite small, but someone from the pub should offer to valet park your car. If they don’t, ask.

If you stay here, don’t miss:

Mailing a postcard in a Victorian letter box

Directly across the street from the Wykeham Arms is a working mail box that has been there since the reign of Queen Victoria (who died in 1901). It’s marked with her initials on either side of the crown: VR, for Victoria Regina.  


                                                                                            ©2009 JoAnne Stewart Wetzel



Manners Makyth Man, the motto of Winchester College, is carved in this old school desk.