Things To Do & Do

The city of Winchester, formerly Venta Belgarum and capital of England is located just an hour south west of London, with a magnificent Cathedral built by the Normans in 1079 and many more historic and cultural attractions.

Jane Austen's House

The house where novelist Jane Austen came to convalesce until she died in 1817. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is Europe's longest medieval Cathedral and a must see if you are travelling to Winchester. From a small Saxon church to a great Cathedral, the long history of this sacred place stretches back over 15 centuries. Discover glorious church architecture, priceless treasures, great works of art, historic events and famous people. See the 12th-Century Winchester Bible, illuminated in gold and lapis lazuli, contemporary sculpture by Antony Gormley and Barbara Hepworth.

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Winchester City Museum

Hampshire's oldest museum tells the story of the city of Winchester, from an important Roman City later principal city of King Alfred. Through galleries, discover Winchester from its origins as a prehistoric trading centre and Roman regional capital, to its pre-eminence as a principal city in the Anglo- Norman kingdom and then development and decline in the Middle Ages, through to modern times.

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Winchester City Mill

An urban working watermill powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen at the bottom of High Street. Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, it remained in use until the early 20th century. Following major restoration undertook by The National Trust, the mill resumed grinding flour again in early 2004.

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Wolvesey Castle

One of the greatest medieval buildings in England that used to be the chief residence of the wealthy and powerful bishops of Winchester.The extensive surviving ruins of the castle standing next to Winchester Cathedral date largely from the 12th-century.

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Winchester city centre has plenty to keep visitors busy: from big high-street names and upmarket boutiques to one-off, independent stores and cutting-edge art galleries. Some of Winchester's most unusual shops can be found in in Parchment Street. You can follow what is happening on Parchment Street:

Winchester Farmers Market

Winchester's farmers market is one of the finest in the country. Every other Sunday crowds gather and load up witj home-made preserves, artisan breads, hand-made cheeses and succulent sausages, all made with love and care by passionate food producers from across Hampshire.

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The Christmas market and accompanying ice-rink, the quarterly French market, the Mayfest folk festival, July's Hat Fair street festival and the year-round programme of concerts in the Cathedral.

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