This small cathedral city north of Southampton has a rich history and Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror and Charles II have called it home.
Guildhall, Broadway, Winchester
Tel (01962) 840500
Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Winchester has good bus, coach and train connections throughout the south.
The train station is a 10-minute walk northwest of the city centre and there are trains to Brighton, Bournmouth, London (Waterloo station), Portsmouth and Southampton.
The Explorer ticket is a great value pass that gives you one day unlimited travel on Stagecoach and Wilts & Dorset buses in Wiltshire and parts of Dorset and Hampshire for just £7.50. This pass will take you as far as Bristol, Bath, Bournemouth and Southampton and is ideal if you're making a day trip into the countryside or if you want to go to Bath or Bristol making a stop en route.
This museum has chronicles the history of Winchester from Roman times to the present day with exhibits that include the Middle Ages and the Saxon invasion.
Tel (01962) 848 269
Open Jan-Mar Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm; Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm; Nov-Dec Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm
The 13th century Great Hall is all that remains of Winchester Castle (where Henry III was born). For years it was famous as the home of King Arthur's Round Table, however the Round Table is now known to date from the 14th century – too recent to be King Arthur's since the earliest written account of the King Arthur story dates from 1130.
The Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester
Tel (01962) 846476
Admission 50p donation
Open 10am-5pm daily
The 900-year-old Winchester Cathedral has played a pivotal role in English history. It is the longest medieval building in Europe with a length of 170m and it also features a fine
1 The Close, Winchester
Tel (01962) 857200
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-3pm