The Best Things to Do in Winchester, Hampshire

The Best Things to Do in Winchester, Hampshire, Winchester, England (B)

A medieval town centre, a fine Norman cathedral, and a riverside setting. A one time seat of kings, including the legendary King Arthur. This is Winchester, an ancient city surrounded by peaceful countryside. Let me show you some of the best things to do in Winchester.

Winchester has a long history, stretching back to Roman times, but it really came to prominence in the Middle Ages. The connection with King Arthur may be tenuous, but Winchester was certainly the capital of Wessex under the Saxon King Alfred. It was later one of the meeting places of the English court until power was centralised in London around the 12th century.

As a result there is medieval history everywhere, from the historic centre to the Early English cathedral, to old alms houses and a former bishops’ palace. Look hard enough and you’ll find some more recent history too, particularly in the Military Museums which are a reminder of the city’s role in numerous conflicts through the centuries.

Then there is the natural setting. Winchester is on the river Itchen, surrounded by parkland and hills. It is on the edge of the South Downs National Park and the New Forest is just a short drive away. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Best Things to Do in Winchester, Hampshire
Guide Location: England » Winchester
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Karen Warren
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • High Street
  • Ask Restaurant
  • City Bridge
  • the Westgate
  • the Kingsgate
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Winchester’s Military Museums
  • Castle Hill
  • the Great Hall
  • Queen Eleanor’s Garden
  • The City Mill
  • Wolvesey Castle
  • St Catherine’s Mizmaze