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Destination: Winchester Tours

Description: Tiny beautiful city with a huge history, former capital of England
Region: South East England
Pronounced: win-chess-ter
Time to spend here: 2 hr - 1 day
Historical townHistory lovers
Winchester, South East England

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.

Local Activities
Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
Winchester CathedralWinchester’s Cathedral built in 1079 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 well worth a visit.
The Great Hall
Great Hall, Winchester
Winchester CathedralThe 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.
The City Mill
Winchester City Mill
Winchester CathedralThe City Mill is a rare example of an urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen.  Rebuilt in 1743 on a medieval mill site, it remained in use until the early 20th century. 
Hospital of St Cross
Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
Winchester CathedralJust 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.
What can I see in the area?
Intech Science Centre and Planetarium
Intech Science Centre and Planetarium, Winchester
Winchester Cathedralntech Science Centre and Planetarium just outside the city is the UK's largest Planetarium. You are projected through the universe with the aid of a vast screen making it a unique experience. There are also over 50 interactive exhibits. 
Marwell Wildlife Park
Marwell Zoooligical Park
Winchester CathedralMarwell 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.
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
Mid Hants Railway, Winchester
Winchester CathedralThe Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ has Steam or Heritage Diesel locomotives, which through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Alresford and Alton stations.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Portsmouth, Arundel, Chichester
Transport options in this area: 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.
"Audible at five miles, painful at three, and lethal at one."
Winchester Cathedral's Bells
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