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Winchester

Winchester

This historic cathedral city is located within Hampshire on the edge of the South Downs in South East England. The town provides easy access to the bustling port city of Southampton and the scenic south coast of England, as well as being located around one hour’s drive away from the capital city of London and its many wonderful attractions. Speaking of capital cities, Winchester was once the ancient capital of England and the seat of King Alfred the Great, the location also has links to King Arthur with a 600-year-old Arthurian round table and a number of museums, which pay tribute to the rich history of the local area.

We love Winchester because...

  • Close to London
  • Historic cathedral city
  • Historic links to King Arthur
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Winchester Royal
21 St Peter Street, Winchester, Winchester SO23 8BS

This recently refurbished historic property provides exquisite and comfortable accommodation, set amidst the beauty of Winchester.

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£ 159.00pp
Winchester Royal
21 St Peter Street, Winchester, Winchester SO23 8BS

This recently refurbished historic property provides exquisite and comfortable accommodation, set amidst the beauty of Winchester.

In and around Winchester

Winchester Cathedral

For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Even today, the Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe and welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year to share in the tranquillity and explore the heritage, as well as attending the many events held throughout the year. The current structure dates back to 1070 and replaced a cathedral, which dated back to the year 642.

Jane Austen's House Museum

This quaint, private museum is located within the grade I listed building, Chawton Cottage – the house in which Jane Austen spent the final eight years of her life. Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. It is speculated that Austen worked on the classic novels ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Persuasion’ among many others during her time at Chawton Cottage. The museum now contains many relics and personal effects belonging to Jane Austen and is a great learning resource for the uninitiated.

Wolvesey Castle

This castle ruin is also known as ‘Old Bishop’s Palace’ and once stood as an important residence of the wealthy and powerful Bishops of Winchester since Anglo-Saxon times. Standing next to Winchester Cathedral, the extensive surviving ruins of the palace date largely from the 12th-century work of Bishop Henry of Blois. The castle’s ultimate destruction came about through the Roundheads in the English Civil War.

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