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by Alice Duffield |

Winchester is a beautiful City that offers fantastic places to shop, eat and drink. Read on for 10 reasons to visit Winchester...

entrance to Winchester Cathedral obscured by ancient yew trees

Winchester Cathedral. 

This magnificent building dating from 1079 is a sight to behold. It has survived numerous monarchs including Henry VIII. On a clear day the roof tour offers unrivalled views across Hampshire. 

Independent businesses.

What makes Winchester a unique and vibrant place to visit is the independent businesses that are located on the side streets just off of the High Street. 

shop fronts in the square winchester including Eclectic Hound, The Stable and Carter Marsh

Novelist.

Jane Austen is buried in the Cathedral. She is not the only writer with links to Winchester. John Keats wrote works whilst staying in the City.

Culture.

Winchester is home to the Hat Fair which sees the centre filled with street performers every year. Winchester is also home to the Theatre Royal and legendary music venue The Railway Inn.

History.

This former capital of England has a rich history. The remains of the city walls can be see including the Kingsgate and Westgate. King Arthur's round table can be found in the Great Hall. 

Edge of South Downs National Park.

Winchester is surrounded by countryside. It is well placed for walking or cycling and popular with dog walkers.

Sculpture.

In the crypt of the Cathedral is Sound II by Antony Gormley. The city is also home to Horse and Rider by Dame Elizabeth Frink, Queen Victoria by Sir Alfred Gilbert and King Alfred by Hamo Thornycroft. 

Restaurants with outside seating in the Square, Winchester

Tipple.

Winchester boasts a wealth of cafes and bars that offer everything from foraged ingredients, cocktails to real ales. 

Eat.

You will find yourself spoilt for choice. Head to the Square for the largest selection of independent restaurants and cafes. There is the Orangery, The Square, Dispensary Kitchen, The Eclipse Inn, General Store, Cafe Monde, Old Vine, Three Joe's, William Walker and The Stable. Literally something for everyone and most are dog friendly. 

Rail.

Winchester is well connected by rail with good links to London, Weymouth  and Manchester. It is a short journey to Basingstoke, Southampton and Portsmouth. 

Westgate part of historic city walls in Winchester