Where is the Science Centre

Map, travel directions and public transport

Driving

Postcode SO21 1HZ (Telegraph Way)

Winchester Science Centre is just off a main road (Alresford Road), about 3 miles from Winchester City Centre, with easy access from all major routes without entering the city. Look out for brown tourist signs to the Science Centre and Holiday Inn, which is also on Telegraph Way.

Directions to the on-site car park from the M3 southbound

Come off the M3 motorway at Junction 9 and take the exit A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield at the roundabout.
At the next roundabout turn left, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield.
At the next roundabout turn left onto the B3404 Winchester, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre and the Holiday Inn.
Follow the road past the Holiday Inn, then turn right into the Winchester Science Centre car park.

Directions to the on-site car park from the M3 northbound

Come off the M3 motorway at Junction 10 and take exit A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield at the first roundabout and go under the motorway. At the next roundabout go straight across, signposted A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield.
At the next roundabout turn right, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield.
At the next roundabout turn left onto the B3404 Winchester, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre.
Follow the road past the Holiday Inn, then turn right into the Winchester Science Centre car park.

Directions to the on-site car park from from Winchester city centre

Take the Alresford Road (B3404) out of Winchester. You will pass the entrance to the Science Centre on your right but there is no right turn allowed, so continue a short distance to the roundabout for the A31. Use the roundabout to come back onto the B3404, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre. 

Parking

There is an on-site car park at the Science Centre. Parking on-site is currently free. During Hampshire School October and February half terms, a Park & Ride service operates. 

Accessibility: Disabled bays are available at the top of the main car park (flat route along path to main entrance) and to the right of the road that continues towards the building (access up a short flight of steps, or via sloping path).

FREE parking during February Half Term

Due to limited parking on-site, Winchester Science Centre will be running a Park & Ride service during February Half Term. The service will be running from its new location at the Matterley Basin from Sat 11 Feb - Sun 26 Feb inclusive.

For customers visiting on Fri 10 Feb and Mon 27 Feb, parking will be available at the Science Centre only.

The Park & Ride car park is situated on the beautiful Matterley Estate, just 2.5 miles (about 4 minute bus ride) from the Centre. Please note, the Science Centre will no longer be running a Park & Ride service from St Catherine’s. 

The Matterley Basin car park will open at 9.30am, with the first bus leaving for the Centre at 9.45am. The service will continue to run all day at 20 minute intervals. The last bus back to the Matterley Basin will leave the Centre at 5pm and the car park will close at 5.30pm. Staff will be on hand at the car park during opening hours to assist visitors.

The Science Centre's on-site car park will be open as usual and will be free of charge. The on-site car park can hold around 140 cars so will operate on a first come first served basis. We kindly request that customers who are able to use the FREE Park & Ride service to do so, in order allow those unable to use the bus to park on-site. 

Please note: It will not be possible for Science Centre visitors to park at the Holiday Inn next door so please consider your method of parking before setting out for your day.

How to find the Matterley Basin Park & Ride: 

Coming from the M3 (North, South, West): 
Exit the M3 at junction 10, then follow the BROWN tourist information signs for Winchester Science Centre (A31). At the Alresford Road roundabout, take the 4th exit (A31, Petersfield Road) and follow the YELLOW Winchester Science Centre Park & Ride signs on to the A272. Stay on the A272 for 1.5 miles, the car park will be on your left.

Coming from A3 (South-East/Scenic route): 
Take the A272 exit towards A32/Alton/Winchester. At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto A272. Stay on A272 for 14 miles, the car park will be on your right.

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By public bus

The No. 64 bus running between Winchester and Alresford passes within 300 metres of the Science Centre.
The service is half hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sundays. Click here for a timetable.

Timetable enquiries: 0871 200 22 33 - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras or see www.stagecoachbus.com

Bicycle

There is a straight (if hilly) road from Winchester city centre all the way to Winchester Science Centre. If you are good with hills (there is one very steep section coming onto Alresford Road from the city) then the journey should take you around 30 minutes. 

Please be aware this is a single-carriageway national speed limit road with hidden dips.

On foot

The walk from Winchester city centre takes around 45 minutes. There is a pavement along the road on one side right up to Winchester Science Centre. From the bottom of Winchester it is a straightforward walk - just follow Alresford Road (up hill there and down hill on the way back). For the main part, this road is not lit and the pavement is bumpy in places and so not ideal for pushchairs. There is one very steep section coming onto Alresford Road from the city.

Taxis

Available from the front of Winchester railway station; expect to pay about £8 one way. Also available from the front of the Guildhall and Tourist Information Centre. Call Wessex Cars 01962 877749/866208 or Wintax 01962 878727/878737. Both firms have taxis adapted for wheelchairs.