Winchester’s most famous monument is undoubtedly its Cathedral, which has been sung about and visited by millions of people from all over the world. Its spectacular architecture, never fails to impress and it houses the longest medieval nave in Europe, the tombs of early English Kings as well as the tomb of writer Jane Austen, and the beautifully illustrated, large 12th century Winchester Bible.
This year, England is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible and Winchester Cathedral will be participating with special events and exhibitions until the 3rd of October. So if you’ve never visited the city, now is the time to go. Take advantage of your trip to visit The Great Hall in the only remaining part of Winchester Castle, which is home to the legendary Round Table of King Arthur and his chivalrous knights.
There are also a number of specialist museums, but start at the Westgate and City Museums where you can discover the town’s history from its beginnings in Roman Times. The City Mill, a historic water Mill owned by the National trust, is now once more grinding corn after extensive restoration and is well worth a visit. After a day’s sightseeing, call into one of the two Michelin starred restaurants on Chesil Street; the Old Chesil Rectory, housed in a building which dates back to 1450, and the Black Rat. Visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk for more information.