Top 5 attractions of Winchester

Winchester Cathedral, en.wikipedia.org

Winchester is a beautiful cathedral city situated in England. The spectacular city is a popular tourist attraction, being home to some magnificent attractions. The major landmark of the city is its fantastic cathedral which is considered one of Europe’s largest cathedrals. The city is also famous for its university which is a very prestigious institution in the whole country. Other notable landmarks of Winchester are the Winchester Castle, the Wolvesey Castle, the Hospital of St Cross and the Winchester City Mill. If you are about to travel to South England or in the county of Hampshire, I suggest you not to miss to visit this spectacular city.

Winchester Cathedral

It is a beautiful cathedral, being the most representative landmark of the city of Winchester. It is considered one of Europe’s largest Gothic cathedrals due to its immense nave. Founded in 642, the cathedral is a major tourist attraction of Winchester. Unfortunately, the building was demolished in the 11th century. In 1079, construction of a new cathedral was begun. During the years it was restored several times. Today, it attracts dozens of tourists. There are some spectacular features inside the building, such as the memorial shrine of St Swithun, Antony Gormley’s statue and so on.

Winchester Cathedral, en.wikipedia.org

Winchester Castle

The spectacular medieval building is also an attractive landmark of Winchester. Today only the Great Hall can be admired, as it’s the only feature of the castle which still stands. It houses a museum which includes exhibits relating to the city’s history. The fantastic Great Hall was built between 1222 and 1235. It is a popular tourist attraction, including an imitation of Arthur’s round table.

The Great Hall, photo by heatheronhertravels/Flickr

Wolvesey Castle

The ruins of the Wolvesey Castle are also famous attractions of the city. It was built between 1130 and 1140. Owned by the English Heritage, it was destroyed in 1646, during the Civil War. There is also a chapel nearby the ruins of the castle. It is still in use, being attached to a palace. The palace was built in 1684. Today it is the bishop’s residence.

The Hospital of St Cross

The medieval almshouse was built between 1133 and 1136. It is considered the country’s oldest charitable building. The almshouse was founded by the Bishop of Winchester, Henry de Blois. The hospital is not only considered the oldest, but also the most perfect almshouse of the country. The hospital is open to the public and can be visited daily from 9:30 to 17:00 except on Sundays (from 13:00 until 17:00) during the summer months and from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 15:30 during the winter months. The entry fee is £ 4 for adults, £3.5 for students and local people and £ 2 for children under 13 years. (October 2012)

The Hospital of St Cross, photo by HerryLawford/Flickr

Winchester City Mill

The restored watermill was rebuilt for the last time 1744. Owned by the National Trust, it is a popular attraction of the city. It was restored between 1992 and 2004. Today there is a National Trust shop housed in the mill. It can be visited in the working days during the summer months.

 

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