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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Things to See and Do in Winchester

Winchester is a lovely cathedral city in South East England. It is home to one of the largest cathedrals in Europe - the Grade I listed Winchester Cathedral. In addition to the cathedral (which is the main draw for most tourists), the city also has many other attractions, countryside trails and is a perfect base to explore the nearby areas.

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Winchester Cathedral



Most of the attractions in Winchester can be easily accessed by foot. With a good map in hand, you can get around very easily. If you are driving in to Winchester, you can make use of the Park and Ride facility located at 4 different locations in the city. You could also hire bikes from the Bikeabout Scheme (from Winchester Tourist Information Centre) for just £10 a day or £7 for half a day.

One of the best ways to explore the city is by heading out on a self-guided trail of King Alfred's Winchester. The walk is divided into 3 main loops and you can pick what you want to see in each section, thus tailoring the walk to suit you. You can download the trail map here. To give you an idea of what you will see on the trail, I will list out some of the important locations below.

  • King Alfred's statue: which is the starting point of the trail.
  • Abbey House: the official residence of the Mayor.
  • The City Bridge and City Mill.
  • Roman town walls.
  • Wolvesey Castle: the surviving ruins of the palace of the powerful medieval Winchester bishops. Next to it is the current bishop's residence.
  • Winchester College.
  • The building where Jane Austen spent her final weeks.
  • Pilgrim's School.
  • The Dean Garnier Garden.
  • Winchester Cathedral.
  • The City Museum.
  • The Buttercross.
  • The Town Clock in the High Street.
  • Westgate: which marks the line of the city's western defences. It is now a museum plus you get great views of the city from the roof.
  • The Great Hall : located close to the Westgate, it is home to the Round Table which is supposedly the table around with King Arthur and his Knights met.
  • Queen Eleanor's Garden.
  • Peninsula Square : beautifully landscaped open square which was at one time the parade ground of Peninsula Barracks. Also nearby are the military museums.
  • Milner Hall.
  • Church of St Bartholomew.
  • The Counting House of the Winchester Brewery.
As you can see from the list, there is lots for you to discover in Winchester. The city would make an excellent day out for all ages. Likewise, you can use it as a base and explore attractions a little further afield like the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Buckler's Hard, Jane Austen's House Museum, Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' and Hinton Ampner House and Garden.

Things to See and Do in Winchester

Things to See and Do in Winchester
King Alfred's Statue

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Abbey House

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Westgate

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Winchester Cathedral

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Winchester Cathedral

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The City Museum

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The Great Hall

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The Great Hall

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The Great Hall

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The Great Hall

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Queen Eleanor's Garden

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Stairs leading to The Great Hall

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Wolvesey Castle

Things to See and Do in Winchester
The Town Clock in the High Street

Things to See and Do in Winchester

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Peninsula Square

Things to See and Do in Winchester
Peninsula Square

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