Winchester

Winchester


Visit Winchester, a vibrant, ancient and cultured city in the county of Hampshire.

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Visit Winchester

Nearest Airport:

  • Southampton Airport

Car journey time from London:

  • 1 hr 30 mins - 68 miles / 109 km

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An Ideal Day in Winchester

Visit Winchester, a vibrant, ancient and cultured city in the county of Hampshire. Known for its medieval cathedral, Winchester is a beautiful location that you must visit in the UK.

Formally England’s capital city, Winchester is a city steeped in history, offering rich pickings for visitors looking to uncover Britain’s past. Begin your ideal day with a  short climb up St Giles’ Hill for an overview of the city’s heritage; from the top you can trace the sweep of medieval and Georgian buildings, laid out according to the original Saxon street plan.

Be sure to stop off to have a wonderful lunch at one of Winchesters restaurants, pubs or cafes.

Jane Austen Day in Winchester

Hosted by an expert tour guide, you will embark on a walking tour of Winchester and learn more about the history and anecdotes of Jane Austen.

Your tour will include a visit to the impressive Cathedral where your tour guide will share their expert knowledge and insights into Jane Austen’s later life and resting place within the Cathedral cemetery.

Make sure you bring your camera so you can take some incredible photos of the birds eye views of the city from the Cathedral tower.

Depending on the time of year you visit Winchester, you may be able to see the sun rising and setting and the Christmas lights beginning to glisten.

Chawton House

While you are in Winchester, expand your Jane Austen knowledge further and take a 20 minute drive to Chawton House, the most treasured Austen sight in the world and the house where Jane Austen lived, revised, wrote and published all six of her treasured novels.

Today you can step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps as she composed her books and created her timeless characters. Explore her home, discover her belongings and wander in the beautiful cottage garden.

Jane lived at what is now Jane Austen’s House for the last eight years of her life. She moved here in 1809 with her mother, sister Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd after a period spent living in lodgings. The house was owned by Jane’s brother Edward, who had been named heir to the wealthy Knight family and had since inherited the Chawton Estate. The house – a 17th century building – was offered to the women rent-free for life.