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The ancient capital of England, Winchester is a beautiful and unspoiled cathedral city on the edge of the rolling South Downs. Home of good food and excellent farmers markets this lovely city combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside.
Birthplace of the modern game of cricket, resting place of author Jane Austen and inspiration to the many craft-makers and artists who live here, Winchester is a fascinating destination at any time of the year.
Popular for bustling shopping streets Winchester summer season is brimming with colour and quirky entertainment. The 11th century Cathedral and the Great Hall are well worth a visit. The College is the oldest continuously running school in the country and the Hospital of St Cross, a medieval almshouse still offers the Wayfarer’s Dole to travelers as it has done for more than eight centuries. Winchester’s many bars, traditional pubs and restaurants make eating out a pleasure and the pretty riverside walks are a delight.
Just outside the city is the INTECH science centre with its 100 hands-on indestructible activities. Also nearby is Hampshire’s largest animal attraction, Marwell Wildlife.
Your group will be greeted and given a personal, free of charge welcome. Book this ahead and ensure a useful introduction to the city, its hidden gems and highlights.
Guided tours also available