The Dove Inn

Andover Road, Winchester, SO21 3AU, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Winchester

Sound ll

by leics

You might miss this. You might decide not to look at the cathedral crypt, especially if you have just missed a tour (or the tours aren't running).

The crypt has a well, and floods regularly in the winter. You might think it's not worth visiting because you won't be able to explore even without a tour guide.

Go and look anyway, because you'll be able to see the sculpture 'Sound ll' by Anthony Gormley.

And if you are lucky, as I was, sunlight will flood through the windows and you will be able to see the sculpture and the water and the light working together.

Is it a window.........?

by leics

No. It isn't. And it's not a paintpot and brush either.

Walk down the High St, then Broadway, towards the City Mill. Just before the statue of King Alfred is St James' House (rather a pretty shade of pink) on your left.

Stand on the opposite pavement. The fifth window from the left on the second floor is open, and there's a paintpot and bruch on the sill.

Except there isn't. The whole top row of windows is a trompe l'oeil; they are just paintings.

Why? Well, why not?

Winchester Cathedral

by Jefie

Next on our itinerary was Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen was buried in 1817. Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest and oldest cathedrals in England. It was built towards the end of the 11th century, and it was subsequently enlarged and added on to. Because of the unstable, waterlogged grounds on which it was built, it was feared that the structure might collapse so major restoration works were undertaken at the beginning of the 19th century to reinforce its foundations, thus preserving one of the most beautiful examples of Norman architecture in England.

The cathedral is open every day from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (5:00 pm on Sundays; entrance fees: £5), and there is an interesting gift shop right next to it. It is also possible to go on one of the three guided tours offered: the Cathedral tour, the Tower tour, and the Crypt tour. We chose to go on the 90-minute Tower tour (£8 for entrance & tour), which first took us to the cathedral's bell chamber. We then walked across the top of the nave and went up the cathedral tower and onto the roof, where we were treated to a magnificient panoramic view of Hampshire. Our guide was funny and extremely knowledeable, so we learned quite a lot about the cathedral's history along the way. Going on the Tower tour definitely was one of the highlights of my trip to Winchester, although I do have to warn you: if going up the tower is fairly easy, coming down is no easy task because of the very narrow steps - my thigh muscles were still hurting when I got back to Canada!

Westgate Museum

by Jehcekah

April - October
Monday - Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5
February & March
Tuesday - Saturday 10-4
Sunday 12-4

The Westgate is closed
1st November - 31st January

The Westgate is one of only two surviving pieces of the city's wall. There is evidence which points to it having been built in the 12th century. Thoughout time it has had many purposes, the most outrageous being a coffee shop, but today it houses a museum about the city wall and the defense of the city. You can climb a very narrow staircase up to the roof of the Westgate where you can get a very nice view of the High Street and nearby Great Hall. Admission is free.

Winchester Castle's Great Hall

by Jefie

Winchester Castle was built in 1067, and its Great Hall was added during the 12th century. Just like Wovesey Castle, Winchester Castle was destroyed during the Civil War under the orders of Oliver Cromwell and today, only the Great Hall remains. What most visitors look for when they visit Great Hall is "King Arthur's Round Table". Documents show that the table has been hung on the wall of the Great Hall since at least 1463, and for many years it was believed to be the original table around which King Arthur and his knights would gather to discuss their next moves and strategies. A carbon-dating analysis however revealed that the table actually dates back to the 13th century. The table was painted in 1522 for King Henry VIII and it now includes the names of the 24 Knights of the Round Table and a portrait of King Arthur sitting on his throne.

Also of interest in the Great Hall are the stained-glass windows and the "Wedding Gates", which were installed in 1983 to commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Outside you'll also find "Queen Eleanor's Garden", which is a recreation of a small medieval garden.

The Great Hall is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is always a tour guide on site who can answer all your questions. It doesn't take that long to complete the visit, but as admission is free (donations only), it's definitely worth stopping by.


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