Last week, I was invited on a press trip to Winchester. Having spent my early childhood living just outside Winchester in the beautiful New Alresford, I was keen to go and reminisce. Afterall, I knew Winchester well. There is a Cathedral where St Swithern is buried, a round table and some nice shops, I thought. It turns out that there is much more to Winchester than this. Maybe at the age of 8, you don’t quite appreciate what it has to offer!
Other than the cathedral, I hadn’t really ever wandered around the old ruins in Winchester. I certainly wouldn’t have thought of taking a guided tour. Sometimes when we think we know a place we really miss. Luckily I had my own private tour guide to hand, but you can can book to go on a guided tour for as little as £5. My tour guide Julia was amazing. She knew so much. I was thankful that I had watched some Horrible Histories with the boys as it meant that I could just about keep up with her.
With the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen last week, there was lots going on. Julia took me to the house where she died.
We then walked around by Winchester College and old ruins.
Without a tour guide you really would miss so much. I mean you would walk under here without any thought for it being a church above the archway.
We also took a trip to the Great Hall where there is King Arthur’s round table. Could Winchester be Camelot?
Winchester is a foodies dream. Tucked away down the side streets are independents which offer something special. There are all the chain restaurants too, so no matter what you are looking for, Winchester will probably have it!
You can check out my “10 of the best places to eat in Winchester” post to see the variety Winchester offers.
As a bit of a scientist myself, I couldn’t finish my post without a mention of the science Winchester has to offer. Next weekend see’s the Winchester Science Festival at Winchester Discovery Centre.
If you live close by, there is also a great science centre, complete with planetarium. We took the boys a couple of years ago and big man was in his element. Certainly one to consider during the holidays.
Have you visited Winchester? What would you recommend?
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