The city of Winchester, whose roots date back to the Iron Age, and which was hugely important during both the Roman and Medieval periods, still stands today, with cobbled streets and a mixture of ancient architecture which will transport you back to those times. Most famous for its stunning cathedral, the Winchester Cathedral is more than 170 metres long, making it the longest Gothic cathedral in the world. Don’t miss the crypt, with its famous sculpture by Antony Gormley, or the Tower, which provides stunning views of the city.
But this city has plenty more to offer, why not explore the 13th century Great Hall, which is all that remains of Winchester Castle. Now a museum, discover the history of this medieval place, visit Queen Eleanor’s Garden and admire the iconic Round Table and stained-glass windows. Meander the streets of Winchester, pondering the Gothic buildings which surround you, or wander along the River Itchen and see lots of wildlife visible from its banks. Or even use the city as your base to explore the beautiful South Downs National Park.