Destination: Winchester


Tiny beautiful city with a huge history, former capital of England


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Introducing Winchester

Winchester is an ancient Cathedral city and also capital of England between 9th and 11th centuries under the Saxon and Danish Kings. The city has some great architecture along its narrow winding streets. The Cathedral completed in 1094 contains one of the longest medieval naves in Europe and is one of the best buildings in southern England. The Great Hall of Winchester Castle was built in the 12th century and is famous for King Arthur's round table, which has been hung in the hall since 1463. The names of the Knights of the round table are written around edge of the table, with a picture of King Arthur on his throne.


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Region: South East England

Time to spend here: 2 hr - 1 day

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What's nearby? Portsmouth, Arundel, Chichester

What transport do you recommend? Winchester is very small and easy to walk around. It can be reached by rail or road.

Did you know? John Keats wrote his ode 'To Autumn' during a stay in Winchester in 1819, taking his inspiration from his daily walk past the cathedral and college and through the water meadows.

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Winchester Cathedral

Winchester's Cathedral was built in 1079 and is Europe's longest medieval Cathedral. The beautiful Romanesque style architecture along with the illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings and contemporary art make this place well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

The Great Hall

The Great Hall is all that remains of Winchester's castle. Apart from the impressive example of 13th century early Gothic architecture, the Great Hall also has an imitation of King Arthur's round table displayed on one of its walls, with inscriptions of the Knights engraved on it. A small museum describes the history of Winchester Castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

The City Mill

The City Mill is a rare example of an urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen. Rebuilt in 1744 on a medieval mill site, it remained in use until the early 20th century and was restored in 2004.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Hospital of St Cross

Just a 20-minute walk from the city centre, the Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I listed buildings dating from 1132. You can admire the medieval architecture, explore the gardens and receive the Wayfarer's Dole, which is a small beaker of beer and a morsel of bread.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Marwell Wildlife Park

Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a part in helping to save them. The 140-acre zoological park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

The Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' has steam or heritage diesel locomotives, which take you through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Alresford and Alton stations. The return journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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