Weekend Breaks to Winchester
Planning a short break to Winchester? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Winchester. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Winchester. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Winchester on a Short Break
One of England's classic Cathedrals and by it's sheer size is unmissable in the centre of town. The Cathedral has been remodelled many times in it's 900 year history. This is where Jane Austen and Walton are buried along with a variety of ancient English kings.
The interior is magnificent and you will find much to discover. There is a visitor centre for guides
For more information visit - www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk
Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, The five museums are located in the same area and to visit them all might be a bit tiring and probably the best one is The Greenjackets Museum where you can test your marksmanship, try out a guillotine or see the centrepiece of a re-creation of the Battle of Trafalgar with toy soldiers. The others are The Ghurkha Museum, The Royal Hussars, The Light Infantry and The Royal Hampshire Regiment.
One of the oldest museums outside the capital and is dedicated to tracing Winchester's interesting history, from it's earliest Roman days (featuring a full Roman mosaic floor taken from a local villa). Also many important Roman finds. The original shop interiors from some High Street shops are also re-created.
Extra information : www.cityofwinchester.co.uk/museums
tockbridge Road, This large family pub has plenty of parking and you are welcome to bring children as the pub has an indoor play area, children's menu and even cater for children's parties. Stocking a good selection of real ales in the 2 bars, there is a games area and Tv lounge for sport's watching. The food is tasty standard pub grub.
This annual festival takes place in May and it is worth planning your stay here around that time. The cream of English Folk music descend on the town to carry on a long old tradition of singing, dancing, street parades, Morris dancing and partying.
Various venues host the festival and the visitor centre or website will give you details; www.winchfolk.org.uk
This is a charming riverside walk along the River Itchen from behind the walls of St John's Alms Houses and you will spot a former warehouse that has been converted into flats. (Part of the river is used by the collage for boating) Ending at Wolvesley Castle which was once a Norman stronghold and is not much to look at now.
For extra info visit cityofwinchester.co.uk/parks
The longest running street fair in Britain takes place in July each year for 3 days. The fair derives it's name from the hats held out by the many street performers for various charity's. It's worth booking a few days in the town to coincide with this colourful event that features a passing parade of floats with different themes, craft markets, music, dancing and general shenanigans.
Paternoster Row, Located in the town centre right beside the Cathedral, so you don't have far to go on Sunday. A very comfortable well established hotel boasting 94 en-suite bedrooms, a full on Gymnasium and beauty treatments. Walkers restaurant serves English cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children are welcome and they have business facilities.The cosy Kings serves afternoon tea in style.
For info visit www.uk-hotel-accommodation.co.uk/England/hotels/thewessex
Upper Brook Street, There is a pub on the ground floor for a quiet drink and a pub lunch, and the first and second floors house a night club, for after you've had one or two in the pub. Open 5 nights of the week and there is a different theme on each one, ranging from karaoke, house, retro to golden oldies. Entrance is free up till 9pm.
For more info visit www.frommers.com/destinations/winchester
Go to the end of the High Street and climb up Castle Hill, Not much left of the Castle erected in the 13th century by the Normans.Reconstructed by Henry III, a long and interesting history of early English royalty (You will enjoy the story of the round table)
The Great Hall is the only recognisable structure, but the history is worth discovering. Queen Eleanor's Medieval Garden is a pleasant stroll to round off your visit.
Details are at www.frommers.com/destinations/moreattract
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