Winchester is an ancient city and former royal capital that travellers fascinated by history won’t want to miss out on, thanks to its cathedrals and old ruins. The Winchester Cathedral is a stunning example of what this city can offer, boasting a world-famous reputation as the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe. It dates back to the mid-7th century, though its current iteration is a Norman addition to the original that occurred in 1079, and several pieces have been rebuilt over the centuries since after collapses.

One of the most impressive structures of historic Winchester is Winchester Castle, though only the Great Hall remains standing today and serves as a museum. Travellers may also check out St Catherine’s Hill, which is a massive green hill that covers what was once an Iron Age fort. Keen-eyed travellers will be able to spot the earthworks that still stand out on the modern-day hill.

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Where & what to eat in Winchester

  • 10 Best Restaurants in Winchester

    There are loads of great restaurants in Winchester, spread throughout the historic streets and buildings of this appealing city. Once the ancient capital of England, Winchester has become an affluent and aspirational destination offering a quaint vision of the England of old. In fact, the ornate cathedral, cobbled streets and timbered buildings of Winchester are said to have inspired John...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Winchester

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Winchester

    For the best places to go shopping in Winchester, look no further than the heart of the town. The busy town centre offers a well-varied scene. Located in Hampshire, overlooking the English countryside and packed with historical sites, Winchester offers a shopping experience that ranges from big-name brands to small independent shops. Enjoy a wide, pedestrianised high street, colourful market, indoor...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Winchester

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Winchester

    There’s no shortage of great things to do after dinner in Winchester, with theatres and bars aplenty. It’s ranked one of the happiest places to live in the UK, so it’s no surprise that Winchester is a popular place to both live and visit. During the day, it’s a bustling market town, and as the sun sets over the beautiful...

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