Known as one of the most desirable places to live in England, the historic city of Winchester also provides a lovely cottage holiday destination for the hundreds of visitors who come here each year.
Winchester is actually the former capital of England, which brings with it a rich, historical legacy. Here you’ll find a number of attractions that could easily rival those of the current capital city. For example Winchester Cathedral; this world-famous cathedral is now over 1,000 years old and no visit to Winchester is complete without a visit to this most impressive building. In addition to the cathedral, history is at every turn in Winchester, such is the incredible legacy of the city.
Although most of Winchester Castle no longer stands, the surviving structure, The Great Hall, remains as a glorious reminder of the building’s great past. In addition to its structural splendour, The Great Hall is home to the legendary Arthurian Round Table. Perhaps not surprisingly for such a historic city, Winchester is home to a number of fascinating museums. There are no less than five military museums here, housing one of the largest collections of military artefacts outside of London. Meanwhile, you can trace the history of Winchester from Roman times through to the present day at the City Museum.
There’s plenty more to Winchester apart from all the historical interest; the whole family will enjoy a day out at Marwell Zoo or a visit to the largest planetarium in the country, there are a host of fascinating visitor attractions nearby as well as the South Downs National Park just to the east.
Consider staying in holiday cottages in Winchester for your next break and immerse yourself in centuries of glorious history.