Well connected to London by road and rail, Winchester, a very important ancient medieval English town is located in the south of England and was the capital of the country. Winchester was home to Alfred the Great and is best recognized for its magnificent cathedral, the longest in England.
Winchester is a real historians’ town, a market town and seat of the early Saxon invaders. The cathedral, established in the late 11th century was largely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries and features an imposing facade and magnificent choir stalls. The graveyard contains tombs of the early Saxon kings and that of Jane Austen.
Winchester Castle is all but ruined today, but still hosts the Great Hall which has a reputation to be one of Britain’s finest medieval halls. Hanging on the west wall of the Great Hall is King Arthur’s supposed Round Table. Another of Winchester’s great attractions is Winchester College to the south of the town center; this is one of the country’s best and oldest colleges. Winchester College also features many medieval buildings which are open to visitors.
As far as museums go, Winchester’s City Museum is a real gem and delves into the past of this amazing city with spectacular archaeological displays, reconstructed Victorian and Edwardian High street shops and exciting hands-on activities.
There is a good range of souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and High street brand name outlets in Winchester, and a large pedestrianized area in the town center near the Eclipse and Brooks shopping center. The old town also has a fine selection of eateries ranging from top hotel cuisine to the famous Wyken Arms fare.
The Porthouse offers three floors of entertainment and there are numerous notable pubs and bars in town. Featuring comedy and dance shows, and concerts, the Theater Royal in Winchester has a wide variety of acts that take place all year round.