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Winchester is a historic cathedral city and county town of Hampshire. It is surrounded by beautiful rolling Hampshire country side and neighboured by small villages. Winchester is also just an hour south west of London.
Winchester is steeped in history as it was once England’s capital. The city is packed with historic buildings, monuments and architecture that are waiting to be viewed. The city also has museums depicting the city’s rich heritage and how the area has changed over the years.
The cathedral in Winchester is one of the largest cathedrals in England and holds the title of the longest cathedral in Europe. The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester. Construction of the cathedral started in 1079 and has been added to and restored throughout the centuries, none more important than the work carried out between 1902 to 1912 which saved the cathedral from total collapse. Today the cathedral draws many tourists from over the world due to its association with Jane Austen. She died in the city and was buried in the cathedral’s nave. The cathedral’s spectacular architecture has also seen it feature in movies such as The Da Vinci Code.
The Great Hall
The Great Hall is one of the largest and finest in England. The Great Hall is the only remaining part of Winchester Castle and has been home to King Arthur’s legendary Round Table for over 700 years. It is open all year round and visitors are asked for a donation rather than an entry fee.
The City Museum’s three galleries tell the story of Winchester’s remarkable history from the Iron Age, its Roman heritage, to the present day. The exhibits include mosaics and reconstructed shops from the 19th and 20th century. The Museum has free entry.
Marwell Wildlife gives visitors the chance to get close to over 180 exotic and endangered species. The 140 acre park is home to ring-tailed lemurs, laughing kookaburras, golden lion tamarins, snow leopards and many more. The park has three play areas and many food and drinks outlets to keep everyone refreshed.
Winchester boasts an array of independent shops and boutiques in pedestrian-friendly streets, offering a very different shopping experience to large scale shopping centres or malls. The city of Winchester caters for all types of shopper, The Square and High Street is home to some well known names and brands whereas the Brooks area is a bustling market area including the Kings Walk Antique Market.
Winchester related websites
- Visit Winchester
Visit Winchester is the official tourism site for Winchester. Find out many ideas on where to stay or what to do in Winchester.
- Winchester Hotels
Norton Park, Winchester resides in 54 acres of peaceful grounds. It provides residential and day spa guests with relaxing facilities.
- Winchester Cathedral
A place of worship for over 900 years. Famous for its architecture, the Winchester Bible and Jane Austen’s tomb.
- Marwell Wildlife
Marwell Wildlife is owned and run by Marwell Wildlife, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats both locally and internationally. The Park in Hampshire is open daily from 10am.