Where is the Science Centre

Science Centre travel directions, Map 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

Accessibility: Disabled bays are available at the top of the main car park (level access to main entrance) and also closer to the Centre if you follow the road around to the left (access via a short flight of steps or sloping path).

Parking is currently free but a parking charge of £2 will come into effect in January 2018. Free on site parking for Annual Pass holders.

On-site parking is available, however during the February and October half term holidays and the Christmas holiday when the Science Centre is busy, a free shuttle bus service will be provided. A satellite car park is available for customers, situated just 2 minutes away and with a regular shuttle service to and from the Science Centre. 

We will be operating a new satellite car park and free shuttle service to the Science Centre on 9-10 December, 16-17 December, then 20 December to 4 January. To find out more information about this service please see below. On-site parking during this time will be guaranteed for those who have pre-booked the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience. 

During these times, we ask that customers who are able to use the shuttle bus service do so in order to allow those unable to use the bus service to park on-site. We ask that visitors please do not attempt to walk from the satellite car park to the Science Centre. 

If you have booked an activity or experience, such as a planetarium show or a Christmas workshop session, that starts at a particular time, please aim to arrive early for your booking. Winchester is a popular destination for Christmas shopping and festive activities, there can sometimes be traffic getting into the centre of Winchester so please check traffic reports on the day of your booking to make sure that you do not arrive late.


Satellite car park and free shuttle bus service, operating 9-10 December, 16-17 December and 20 December to 4 January.

A new satellite car park, with regular shuttle bus service situated close the to Science Centre.
This free service will be operating from 9-10 December, 16-17 December, then 20 December to 4 January. 

On-site parking will be allocated to those who have pre-booked the Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience. Customers will need to provide their booking reference on arrival, so please make sure that you have this information to hand. This excludes accessible parking, which is located close to the entrance of the Science Centre, with a ramp to the reception. 

The car park opens at 9:30am, with the first bus leaving for the Centre at 10am. The service continues to run all day at 20 minute intervals, however there will be a no service between 1:30pm - 2pm. The last bus back to the car park leaves the Centre at 5:15pm (or following the end of any late night film showing). The car park closes at 5:30pm (later in the event of film showings).

Staff are on-hand at the car park during opening hours to assist visitors. 

How to find the Satellite car park: 

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 parking signs, the car park will be on your left.

Coming from A3 (South-East/Scenic route): 
Take the A272 exit towards A32/Alton/Winchester. Follow the A272 onto the A31 eastbound. At the Alresford Road roundabout take the 4th exit (A31, Petersfield Road) and follow the YELLOW Winchester Science Centre parking signs, the car park will be on your left. 

Entry to the satellite car park is from the A31 only, and with an exit onto the A272.

Do not attempt to walk from this satellite car park to the Science Centre - please wait for the regular shuttle bus. 

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By public bus

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

From Sunday 19 November changes to the timetable come into action. To find out more about the improvements and changes, click here.

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 (60 minutes from the railway station). From the bottom of Winchester it is a straightforward walk - from King Alfred's statue walk away from the high street, over the bridge, then follow Alresford Road up the curvy (and very steep) hill, then in a straight line to the Science Centre - find us to your right just before the big roundabout. Be aware that this road is mostly unlit.

There is an option to divert from the road to walk partly through a lovely butterfly reserve: turn into the field just after the Masonic lodge, opposite St Swithun's school. Walk parallel to the main road, on the well-made path up the hill. Continue straight along the back of the cemetary. Continue straight down a more-overgrown and leafy path, then turn left through a kissing gate to walk along the back of the Science Centre. Follow this path around the planetarium to access the entrance. The later part of this walk may be overgrown and deeply rutted.

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.