Winchester, a quiet Cathedral City and country town, is steeped in history from 450 BC and since that time great Kings and Bishops have left lasting reminders of their influence. During Saxon times Winchester was the capital of England and the city had Royal connections for centuries afterwards. The City's fascinating past is apparent in every street and it's buildings are a reminder of it's intrinsic history and great beauty. Today its amenities include a host of interesting shops and markets, museums, galleries and theatre, cinema and its many public houses, cafes and bistros and varied restaurants.
Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the massive Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. It’s been a place of worship ever since. The magnificent Winchester Cathedral has the longest Medieval Nave in Europe and burial place of Jane Austen.
Just a short walk provides access to the water meadows of the River Itchen and the Hospital of St. Cross with it's Medieval Almshouse, Brethren’s Hall, Lodgings and beautiful walled gardens. Continue through the meadows with grazing cattle up St. Catherine’s Hill for the finest view over the whole City. Winchester is also home for the Great Hall, home to the legendry King Arthur's Round Table, the Bishop’s Palaces and you may tour Winchester College and visit Winchester’s Military Museums.