5 must-see historical attractions in Winchester

The cosy city of Winchester is a perfect getaway location for those looking to soak up some culture and historical charm. The city has a rich literary tradition, with Jane Austen’s final resting place located in the impressive grounds of the cathedral, and a ‘Keats Walk’ in the city that takes visitors through the locations that inspired one of the nation’s greatest poets. Below are five of the must-see historical attractions for visitors to Winchester:

Winchester Cathedral

With the longest nave in the whole of Europe, Winchester Cathedral is a must-see for visitors to the city. The site dates back over 1,500 years and visitors are advised to take advantage of the guided tours to get a true appreciation of the breathtaking architecture and learn about the ancient library.

The Great Hall

The magnificent great hall was constructed in the 13th century and is the only part of Winchester Castle that is still intact. The site is believed to be the location of the legendary King Arthur’s round table, which can be seen hanging from the wall. The medieval grounds and gardens are the perfect place for a pleasurable walk, whatever the time of year.

The Hospital of St Cross

The historical almshouse dates back to medieval times and is still in use to this day, providing a home to 25 elderly ‘brothers’ who stay in the onsite accommodation. Located next to the tranquil water meadows, the charming historical almshouse received a boost to its popularity with visitors when it was used as a location for the historical TV drama ‘Wolf Hall’.

Winchester Military Museums

Located not far from the Great Hall, the Military Museums are a collection of six military history museums within close proximity of each other. Each museum provides something unique and takes visitors on a historical journey. With impressive collections of paintings, weapons, and memorabilia on display, the museums are a great activity for those wanting to delve into some military history.

Winchester City Mill

Dating back over 1,000 years, the watermill is a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a historical working corn mill. The mill was rebuilt in the 18th century and has been under the protection of the National Trust since the 1920s.


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