Winchester is an unspoilt cathedral city located on the edge of the rolling South Downs National Park. Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. Home of good food and the country's largest farmers' market, birthplace of the modern game of cricket, resting place of author Jane Austen and inspiration to the many craft-makers and artists who live here, Winchester is truly a destination for all seasons.
Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe. It has been a place of worship and welcome for over 900 years and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. It has the longest medieval Nave in Europe, admire stunning architecture and encounter priceless treasures including the 12th-century Winchester Bible. Winchester Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon royalty and Jane Austen, the much-loved English novelist.
The Great Hall
The Great Hall is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls of the 13th century and is all that remains of Winchester Castle. Come and see King Arthur's Round Table one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology. Also Queen Eleanor's garden, a recreation of an enclosed medieval garden, providing an injection of nature.
Hospital of St Cross
Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Renowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.
Marwell zoo is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals, all within a 140-acre park. Animals include Rothchild’s giraffes, white rhinos, Amur tigers, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, snow leopards and all three species of zebra (to name a few).
The Gurkha Museum
The Gurkha Museum takes you on a journey through Gurkha history, beginning with their origins in Nepal and the moment in 1815 when Gurkhas were first enlisted to fight for Britain. We see them locked in battle with mutinous sepoys in 1857, then standing guard in India’s North West and North East frontiers before being sent half a world away to the trenches of the Western Front in 1914 and The Falkland Islands in the early 1980s.
Red Cat Brewing
An independent brewery producing imaginative craft beer in Winchester. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Take out and bag in box beer available.