Enjoy a Warm Welcome in Winchester
Boasting a prime location in the heart of Hampshire, Winchester is an exciting city that also possesses the quaint charm of a provincial town. The glittering River Itchen runs through the city to the verdant beauty of the South Downs National Park,a treasure trove of natural beauty and wonderful wildlife. The wealth of wonders Winchester has to offer with pleasure and delight visitors staying for a short sojourn.
Potter with Otters and Discover The Legend of King Arthur
Discover Winchester's wonderful wildlife in the unexpected location of the city centre; elusive otters are rife with the refreshing waters of the River Itchen and propitious visitors to the gorgeous Winchester City Mill can spot these furry friends frolicking and hauling fish from the rushing river. If you don't happen to spot one then do not fear, the Mill has a filming system in operation that records the activities of otters throughout the night, so visitors can enjoy the footage from the comfort of the traditional mill's interior. Next, visit Winchester's most enticing attraction at The Great Hall, a fine 13th century hall that houses the most magnificent symbol of Medieval mythology. The Great Hall and Sally Port are the only surviving parts of the majestic Winchester Castle, and exude an aura of magical tradition steeped in intriguing legend. The hall features stunning stained glass windows, wrought iron steel gates, an atmospheric judge's gallery and one of England's most treasured artefacts, the Round Table. The piece is shrouded in mystery concerning the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and attracts millions of visitors every year.
Captivating Cathedrals and Grandiose Graveyards
Next, marvel at the classical splendour of Winchester Cathedral, an architectural king that stands resplendent in the heart of the city. Wander the tranquil interior to enjoy the sacred sense of serenity that exudes from the prismatic stained glass windows and stone walls of the cathedral. Volunteers will take visitors on an intriguing tour of the structure, pointing out caskets housing the bones of Saxon kings, revered Russian icons, the grave of Jane Austen and the hilarious headstone of a soldier who died after 'drinking a small beer while hot.' After exploring the captivating cathedral, take a serene stroll down the banks of the River Itchen; unlike in other major city's, the beautiful banks afford visitors perfect peace amongst the blissfully empty water meadows. Keep walking in order to discover the architectural majesty of Winchester College and Wolvesly Castle.
Magnificent Medieval Meals
Housed within an atmospheric Medieval house, the Chesil Rectory is a refined restaurant inspired by the rich traditions and fresh local produce of Winchester. Slip onto a comfortable chair beneath original wooden timbers of the house to enjoy first class cuisine and authentic charm; choose from locally sourced, delicious dishes including goats cheese, foraged mushrooms, free range game and freshly caught seafood. The restaurant perfectly captures the enchanting nature and aesthetic beauty of one of England's most perfect places.