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  • View from city garden to King Alfred statue.
    View from city garden to King Alfred...
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  • City Mill entrance.
    City Mill entrance.
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    Woodmans Gate.
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Winchester Things to Do

  • Another great pub.

    Quite near the Cathedral, in the Square, stands what used to be the rectory of the nearby St. Lawrence church. What the former vicars of the church would make of it now I'm not sure because it serves today as the Eclipse pub.It's a great place, and I really like it. It is tiny and very old-fashioned inside, blessedly without piped music. Although...

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  • Walk besides the River Itchen,Winchester

    This makes a lovely walk besides the River Itchen.At the start of the walk by the town bridge you will find a pub with outside seating,from here you can walk to Wolvesey Castle (about 15 minutes).An assortment of wildlife can be seen on the way,such as trout,moorhens and swans.

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  • City Mill

    Rebuilt in 1743 the City Mill is a surviving example of an urban working corn mill, powered by the River Itchen, which can be seen passing under the mill. In March 2004 the National Trust undertook a restoration project and the mill resumed grinding flour. Freshly milled flour is on sale with flour making demonstrations taking place on Saturdays...

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  • KING ALFRED - 1

    We have parked our car in the street named Broadway. We had just driven past a huge statue, so on alighting from the Car, I head in the direction of the bronze Statue. The statue is of King Alfred the Great, [849-899] England's FIRST KING.So, why is his statue here in High street, Winchester?In AD870 Anglo Saxon England was being besieged by...

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  • JANE AUSTEN'S HOUSE - 9

    Moving a few steps, I find Jane Austen House.Now, word of warning, DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING SPECTACULAR, as unless you notice the plaque on the wall, you can easily walk straight past.It is painted a Mustard colour, and is now a private residence, NO ENTRY ALLOWED.In 1817, when her health began to fail, she came to Winchester with her sister Cassandra...

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  • INSIDE WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 7+

    Now I am going inside to see how spectacular the inside is!Well, I can tell you, I was overwhelmed when I saw the long, extremely high, Norman Nave! It was one of those stop still & wow moments!The Nave is the longest one in a Church in England. They say it's a highlight of the Cathedral, which I agree with, but I think there is more than one...

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Winchester Restaurants

  • Chef & Brewer

    Family restaurant that operates under the Chef and Brewer chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Wheatsheaf in North Waltham was built in the late 19th century and is reputed to have been a coaching stop for author Jane Austen. This hotel has a vast bar area, lots of cosy seating with an extensive menu.Monday to Friday: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm...

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  • Downstairs at the Guildhall

    The Courtyard Cafe is part of Winchester's Guildhall. There is a large indoor seating area as well as an outdoor area. It serves light lunches, cakes and hot drinks. Lunchtime soup and a roll costs less than £4. We just dropped by for tea and were tempted into having a chocolate brownie and a flapjack - both very good.

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  • Friendly pub with good food

    Book a Sunday roast here ---the flavours, the portions and the flavours are typically British. We sat there in the intimate bar of the Eclipse and enjoyed a roast that took us back years ---succelent chicken, delicious gravy and huge roast potatoes. Mmm... Added to it were plenty of vegetables and (I like this touch) Yorkshire puddings. A piping...

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Winchester Nightlife

  • Quirkiest, coolest olde pub in England?

    Small town nightlife is ALL about a few pleasant pints in a succession of taverns. The tendency to rowdy boozing that is overshadowing tradition is but a passing phase, a flux of london that has been carried on the fickle wind of modernity that has no intrinsic influence in Britain. When in Winchester, if you are looking for the nicest possible way...

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  • Informal live music, Monday nights

    Monday nights at the Railway Inn, or "roots nite" has a lovely relaxed pub atmosphere with a clientele of mainly students and young people. THere is an open microphone and everyone is welcome to pull up a guitar/didgeridoo/accordion/balilaika and take the spotlight. applause is invariably overly generous. A typical relaxed student UK pub vibe is...

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  • Second Best Pub in Winchester

    The Bishop on the Bridge used to be the Old Monk, but it was sold to a new group of people who really renovated the pub. Now you can sit on leather couches or eat by candlelight. The best feature about this pub is their very large beer garden, which is open in warm weather. The garden sits right on the river, which offers excellent views.Food is...

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Winchester Transportation

  • Trains to Winchester

    Trains from London Waterloo are fast and frequent, taking only an hour on the fast train, or slightly longer on the stopping service.They are operated by Southwest trains and are normally modern rolling stock with buffet facilities.

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  • Train service

    Winchester has regular train service to and from London. Go to the UK Railways web site below to plan your trip. It's a lot better than driving. Besides, Winchester has an acute shortage of good parking.

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  • London to Winchester

    Southwest Trains runs a train from London Waterloo to Winchester which departs about every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and fewer on Sundays. The trip takes about one hour if it is an express train, though during peak times they trains also stop along the way at the Basingstoke station and a few other stations along the way.The train...

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Winchester Shopping

  • November and December

    Although Winchester Christmas Market is one of the UK’s newer markets it still attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year and includes over 80 Chalet-style stalls and 113 exhibitors as well as a food court, a Nativity scene, a Father Christmas Grotto and surrounds an open-air ice rink.Annually, usually from late November to late December.Sunday...

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  • The High Street

    Winchester's pedestrian high street is the hub of the city. It stretches from King Alfred's statue up towards the Westgate. There are some great stalls outside selling fresh cheese, olives and meats, and a wide variety of shops, including decent pubs and coffee shops. Pictured is the buttercross, a 15th century monument.

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  • High Street

    Winchester's High Street is an attractivce street but like in every other High Street in Britain you will find the same old shops in Winchester. Boots, Marks and Spencer, HMV, Virgin, Next, Clinton Cards, Gap, Carphone Warehouse, BHS, etc, etc

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Winchester Local Customs

  • City Cross

    The Buttercross seems to be a resting place/meeting point for people in Winchester. Many people meet firends here or sit down to have lunch or to relax.

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  • Lunch in the Cathedral

    I was surprised at how many people were lunching in Winchester Cathedral gardens, in some cases sitting on tombstones! Perhaps it reflects a lack of green space in city centres but it seems a strange place to stop for lunch.

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  • Winchester Hat Fair

    The Hat Fair is an annual event with highlights local performance groups. In 2003 it ran from July 2-7. 2004 will be their 30th anniversary. While we were there we saw a very interesting acrobatic group which performed with some local students.

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Winchester Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jehcekah Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Winchester has a small town feeling, but it isn't immune to crime. Or at very least...weirdos.

    When the pubs close at 11 everyone empties out onto the streets either on their way home or to the nearest club (clubs close at 2am). I never felt unsafe walking home at this time and I even did it a couple of times on my own. I was approached my drunk young men at times, but it was always harmless.

    There are a number of homeless people who like to sit along the pedestrian areas of the High Street where they beg for money. Some even have the nerve to station themselves right by the many ATM machines. They aren't very dangerous and the most I've ever gotten out of them is a sarcastic, "Well, you have a great evening ma'am." Some of them have large, mean looking dogs though, which I would stay away from.

    The cathedral close is a popular hangout for teenagers and the homeless. You will undoubtably find groups of them sitting among the headstones with large bottles of liquor every night when it is warm. I wouldn't suggest hanging out in this area at night, though I wouldn't feel totally unsafe walking through it.

    Just use your common sense and stay in well-lit areas with a lot of people and you will be fine. Winchester is a pleasant, easy town to live in...even at night.

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Winchester Tourist Traps

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    by crazyman2 Written Nov 6, 2009

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    Yes, next to the tourist information office in Wincherster there is a snack bar. We wanted a hot drink each before our city walking tour.
    There were two tables. One was occupied by two friends (?) of the girl behind the counter. One of the friends had her head down on the table, talking away to the other.
    The floor was filfthy dirty ---just grime! There was a mop behind the counter ---obviously just for show!
    I had a black coffee to drink at the table. Cardboard cups of course! The coffee was like dishwater ---so weak.
    My wife had a white coffee, drank part of it and left the rest.
    Maybe it's improved since October 2009...

    Unique Suggestions: Drink elsewhere!

    Looks okay from the outside....

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Winchester Off The Beaten Path

  • Winchester walk

    There are some nice walks around the outskirts of the city. Visit Abbey Gardens close to the cathedral and follow the river Itchen, also close by is Wolvesey Castle. Winchester has a lot of history and you'll notice its richness if you explore the quieter parts.

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  • Teeny tiny church..........

    The church of St Swithun is actually upstairs, lying over the Kingsgate just outside the Cathedral close. In Medieval times it was quite common to build churches over town gates, but very few remain today so it is worth popping in (it is open most days). It would be very, very easy to miss.This church was first mentioned in 1264, although the...

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  • The Weirs Walk

    The riverside walk from College Street to the City Mill is most pleasant (even in February); pretty gardens, babbling waters, ducks, overhanging trees, young lads cycling back from rugger practice...well, perhaps not the latter, but the rest is very nice. Would be even better in sunshine, I think; a good place to sit and eat your sandwich/pasty/...

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Winchester Sports & Outdoors

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    by deeper_blue Written Nov 2, 2012

    Winchester has a lovely private school on Alresford Road, called St Swithun's. The swimming pool is open to the public at selected times and there are tennis courts and football fields, although I don't think they are open to the public.

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Winchester Favorites

  • King Alfred the Great

    King Alfred was the first King of a united England in 871 AD and Winchester was his capital. His image is preserved in the city centre by a imposing statue complete with sword and shield.

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  • History of Winchester

    Winchester has evidence of settlements dating back to the Iron Age, during this time Winchester was a tribal centre of the Britons under the name Caer Gwent. On St Catherine's Hill a rampart and ditch made for defence by an Iron Age settlement can still be seen. Since that time, great kings and bishops have left lasting reminders of their...

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  • Walking in Winchester

    Winchester is a great place to explore on foot as there are many quiet, beautiful streets containing plenty of well known buildings and a few hidden treasures.

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