Winchester is a city that is filled with rich and significant history.The city itself has retained the Victorian style medieval architecture and the cobbled pathways, which gives a picturesque view. It is an ideal city to go to for a day trip as there is so much to see.
Start your day out by visiting the Great Hall of Winchester. The medieval hall is the only remain of Winchester castle, which was built in 1067. As you walk in, you will find yourself standing opposite one of the most important symbols in medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table. Let your imagination roam freely as you sit under the sun in their re-created medieval style garden. Queen Eleanor’s garden is filled with different herbs, plants and flowers that once were symbolic meanings for Christian spiritual philosophy. There is also an exit at the end of the garden that leads you to a variety of museums. There is no admission fee for the Great Hall of Winchester, but only a suggested donation fee and is open from 10am to 5pm.
Continue your day trip by walking down Winchester high street. Everyday there is something going on in these busy streets; from hopeful buskers, live shows, military marches to companies giving free stuff and tasters such as chocolate and beverages. Although, the main attraction is their daily street food stalls which are aligned together starting from the centre of the high street and finishing towards King Alfred’s statue. With a range of cuisines and culinary dining, such as Soul food, Goa food, Japanese, German, you will be spoilt for choice. They also have a range of stalls that sells different types of cheese, chocolate, patisserie, Mediterranean mezes and desserts.
The next stop is at the legendary Winchester Cathedral. It is one of the biggest in the UK and is the only cathedral in Europe to have the longest nave, the cathedral itself was founded in 642. Everyday a new event happens at the cathedral; from choir services to flower festivals, the Cathedral welcomes you with open arms and an exciting experience. Make your experience worthwhile as you climb up the magnificent, tall tower and explore the ringing chamber along with the chiming Cathedral bells and the full length of the nave roof. Not only can it be a great exploration, but you are also guaranteed to witness the most beautiful panoramic views of the city as the sun sets. There is an admission fee and it is open everyday from 9.30am to 5pm.
Once the sun has set, end your day trip in the heart of Winchester by walking across St.Swithun’s Bridge. This ancient bridge has been around since 500AD and the Winchester City mill attached to it was the first to be used for milling corn. The main source for the mill is the River Itchen and in March 2004, The National Trust took on a restoration project and used the mill to resume grinding flour. Enjoy a personal tour around the mill and you may even possibly see it live in action.