Winchester Cathedral has welcomed visitors for 1000 years. Home to a treasure trove of historical artefacts and sculptures from England’s history, this is the venue to visit if you wish to explore millennia-old crypts, marvel at medieval stained-glass windows or while away the hours in its sprawling, ancient grounds.
The Jane Austen Trail is a fascinating stroll along the river Itchen, exploring the home and key locations in the author’s life, who is buried in Winchester Cathedral. The full trail follows her life chronologically, giving information on the places and people that shaped her life and work.
For a livelier trip, pay a visit to Marwell Wildlife Centre, which is never short of noise! The venue offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with a wild array of wildlife, the 140-acre park is home to more than 170 exotic species - from endangered tigers to pygmy hippos.
Dining & Shopping
A wander around Winchester’s streets will reveal many established restaurants along with quaint cafes and bistros.
Be sure to visit The Square and Market Lane if you’re looking for something a bit different.
For shopping, a daytrip to Winchester will really take some beating. High street names can be found on the city centre’s Parchment Street, food and drink shops can be found in Kingsgate Village, or visit the city centre’s 20th Century Collectibles Market if you’re looking to pick up something truly different or unique.
Did You Know?
Winchester was England’s first capital city, in the year 827AD.The Cathedral is the world’s longest medieval church, at 169 metres.