The historic Winchester is one of the jewels of the South of England.
This charming and ancient city was the medieval capital of Great Britain. It is from here that the Saxon kings (730-1066) ruled the kingdom of Wessex and it was the primary fortress that the first Norman kings used to rule England. Later, the city became an important religious center, the place of residence of the powerful Bishop of Winchester and a revered pilgrimage site for the bones of Saint Swithun.
Remnants of Wincherster’s historical significance are dotted around the town. There is the magnificent eleventh-century cathedral, the ruins of Wolvesey Castle, the Great Hall and Winchester College, the oldest school in England.
The modern Winchester is just as fascinating as the historical side. The city has a young and dynamic population due to the university, while the affluent nature of the region has made Winchester a center for gourmet dinners and outings to restaurants. Winchester is a diverse and fascinating city, which makes it an excellent destination for a day trip and it is easily accessible from London by taking the train.
This guide will show you why you should visit Winchester and how to make the most of your stay there.
Winchester is considered one of the most typical English cities. It has a lot of history, since it was the ancient capital of England and the seat of King Alfred the Great.
Today you can combine the best of urban life with the freshness of its surroundings. It has world-class attractions and very good architecture. Its cathedral is one of its greatest icons. In addition, it has good restaurants and shops.
In this post we explain all the places that you can see in 1 day when you visit Winchester.
Charming is really the word. Winchester is one of the most typical cities in England. I highly recommend visiting it on a sunny summer day. Nestled in the heart of the Hampshire valley, it has many assets. Already in the time of the Romans, it was considered a strategic merchant city because it was placed in the center of 6 important roads connecting the rest of the country.
It is in the ninth century that it becomes the capital of England, during the reign of Alfred the Great crowned King of Wessex. Then came William the Conqueror who put Winchester on a par with London before it definitively became the capital of the country in the fourteenth century.
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