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1 Romsey Rd., Winchester, SO22 5BD, United Kingdom
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Winchester College

by barryg23

Winchester College ws founded in 1382 and is the oldest continuously running school in England. Its former pupils are known as Old Wykehamists and include as diverse a group as author Anthony Trollope, Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard and fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

Fancy a quick bite?

by planxty

This is not really off the beaten path, but I couldn't think of where else to put it.

There are undoubtedly a number of very fine restaurants in Winchester, but if you fancy a quick bite, I recommend Reeve, the bakers in the High Street just beside Boots the Chemist. They do a range of delicious, and very inexpensive pies and savouries. Just what's needed to keep up the strength for all that sight-seeing!

The Wiltshire pasty is particularly delicious.

College

by maggieballa

Winchester College is also very old, but not as old as the Cathedral. You can also take a tour with a old volunteer guide, but their times are more sporatic. The famous Bishop of Winchester, Wykeham founded the college.

Wolvesey Castle

by Jefie

Also known as the Old Bishop's Palace, Wolvesey Castle dates back to the 12th century and was the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester. The last known important event to have taken place at the castle was the wedding breakfast of Queen Mary and Philip II of Spain on July 25, 1554. The castle was to be destroyed less than a century later, in 1646, during the English Civil War. However, the ruins of Wolvesey Castle have been preserved to this day and it is now possible to explore the castle's "rooms" free of charge. Interpretive pannels were set up throughout the ruins to explain what used to be there.

It's hard to explain the feeling of walking through the ruins of a 12th century castle, especially if you happen to be a North American like me and are not used to things being more than a few centuries old. Again, I wish my camera hadn't broken down when it did because it is quite a photogenic place. The grounds are open every day of the week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Abbey Gardens - A nice, relaxing spot

by Jehcekah

The Abbey Gardens are adjacent to the Winchester Mayor's official residence. It is a public garden and during the warm summer months is full of people sunning themselves on the lawn.

There is an abundance of open, green, lawn to sit upon and many beautiful flower beds around the garden. The gardens are attractive in all seasons. There is a play area for children and many park benches for resting. A nice thing to go is to pick up some fish n' chips from the nearby chip shop and enjoy them from among the flowers and greenery.

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