Winchester is a jewel in the South’s crown, with a rich history and deep cultural ties that date back for centuries. As England’s ancient capital, Winchester now combines all of this vibrant history with the best of the modern-day, just an hour or so outside of London. Don’t forget to book your tickets early to save money on your trip.
Within a short walk from Winchester station you’ll find a whole host of things to do, from independent boutiques and specialist stores to quirky cafes and one of the greatest churches in the country. Pay a visit to one of the country’s largest farmers markets or simply marvel at the picturesque surroundings as you stroll around this elegant town. With the South Downs National Park close by, as well as some wonderful National Trust sites, you’re sure to find the perfect countryside escape - and the perfect place to make some new memories.
Fast Fact: Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the country, with the largest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.
If you’re planning on visiting Winchester then the Cathedral should be top of your to-do list. The current building is the longest medieval cathedral in Britain, where visitors can enjoy the wonderful 12th century wall paintings, medieval wood carvings and selection of contemporary art.
The Great Hall in Winchester is one of the finest surviving medieval halls, and is home to one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology - King Arthur’s Round Table.
Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium boasts the largest digital planetarium in the country, as well as 100 hands-on science exhibits. Open seven days a week throughout the year, this all-weather attraction is the perfect place enjoy an educational day out with the family - even if the great British weather lets you down.
Since Saxon times Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the city, with it now the oldest working watermill in the country. Now in the care of the National Trust, there are plenty of hands-on activities and information about the local walks and attractions. It is also one of the only urban UK locations where otters are regularly spotted passing through, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!