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Winchester Guide

Great days out by train

The county town of Hampshire, Winchester is steeped in history from every age. Described by John Keats as having air worth sixpence a pint, it truly is a gem of the South West.

Winchester celebrates its regal past alongside modern art and cultural attractions, an array of shops, award-winning food and farmers markets within picturesque surroundings.

Home to one of the greatest churches in England, Winchester also offers many independent boutiques, specialist shops, cafes and restaurants, all within a short walk from the station.

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Get some inspiration on what to do when visiting Winchester from our list below:

1. Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is situated in the heart of England's ancient capital and is the last resting place of Jane Austen. The present building, the longest medieval cathedral in Britain, dates from 1079, and its Norman heritage is still evident. Visitors will discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.  

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2. The Great Hall

The Great Hall, “one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century”, contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. For more information on The Great Hall and Winchester Castle, visit their website.

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3. Winchester College

Winchester College was founded in the fourteenth century by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor to Edward III and Richard II. The stunning buildings that make up the College are a fantastic bit of history to see whilst visiting the town.

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4. River Itchen and Winchester City Mill

Winchester City Mill is a National Trust property that spans the River Itchen. Learn about the history of the Mill, watch a flour-milling demonstration and take part in family activities and quiz trails.

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