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Winchester: Historic Castles and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Winchester: Historic Castles and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Discover the legends of King Arthur and other historic tales on a guided walking tour in Winchester. Explore William the Conqueror's Castle before strolling along the highstreet to Winchester Cathedral. Hear the echoes of John Keats' poetry as you wander along the banks of the River Itchen. Make your way to the West Gate to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enter Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror and wander into the Great Hall. Listen to the legends of King Arthur and view the iconic Round Table. Walk along the high street to reach the world-famous Winchester Cathedral one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. Admire the grounds and pay your respects to the English novelist Jane Austen who is buried here. Learn about King Alfred the Great and pass by his statue as you experience the beauty of the River Itchen. Stroll along the charming riverbank which inspired John Keats' poetry and see the ruins of Winchester Palace.

Winchester: Smartphone Self-Guided Heritage Walks

Winchester: Smartphone Self-Guided Heritage Walks

If you are Curious About Winchester, take one of our quirky self-guided walks, where you can explore the heart of Winchester. Not only will you visit the better-known places – we make sure you visit the unusual and intriguing ones too! Added to this we provide compelling stories about the history around you, whilst you have fun following our detailed directions, finding answers to our addictive clues and matching pictures to places along the way. You’ll discover "hidden treasures", whilst reading about the history of Winchester and the people and events that have shaped it – whether you’re familiar with Winchester or a first-time visitor, you will spot things you would not have otherwise noticed. Download the walks to your mobile device, then follow the directions and enjoy our self-guided heritage walks at your own pace and level of interest The walks are 1.5 miles and 1 mile respectively. Both walks are suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

Day 1: You leave Manchester and head straight for the border of Wales. Your first stop of the day is Conwy. This little town deserves to win awards for most picture-perfect harbour town. There’s a castle perched by the sea, the ‘world’s smallest house’, and lots of little restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. After you’ve soaked up the sea air, you cross the world’s first modern day suspension bridge across the Menai Straits and onto Anglesey Island. Prior to its construction, cattle farmers would have to persuade their herd to swim across the Menai Straits on their way to market. We head for the most westerly point of North Wales to marvel at the South Stack Lighthouse, sea cliffs, and nature reserve. But that’s not all. You stop in the lovely seaside town of Beaumaris, and also visit the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for a quick photo stop. Then you travel back over the bridge and along the coastline to Llandudno, your overnight stop. Day 2: This morning when you head off, your first stop is to Betws-y-Coed. This beautiful little village is known as the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. Next, sit back and watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you continue onto Harlech Castle. This is one of our favourite castles in the whole of the UK. It boasts epic sea views and an amazingly war-torn history that involves a lot of dynamite. You then venture to one of the most charming and unique villages in Wales, Portmeirion. This town is the brainchild of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis. He wanted to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful location could be developed without spoiling it. The result is a stunning piece of the Mediterranean transported into North Wales. You have free time here to explore and grab a bite to eat. You head back to Llandudno for the evening. Day 3: After breakfast, your first stop is to the Llanberis Slate Museum*. The history of the second largest slate mine on the planet will stay in your memory for a long time. For your lunch stop today, we head to Llangollen. Situated along the River Dee, this little town will steal your heart. Next you’re off to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. There’s a lot to do here, but we’d advise you just head to the Cathedral, you could spend a whole week in this fine building and not get bored. You arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.

Private Winchester Walking Tour

Private Winchester Walking Tour

In this walking tour of Winchester you will travel through the centuries to unlock the history of this once powerful town. You will learn about the origins of the city and its apogee at the time of Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror as capital of the country. We will discover off the beaten path hidden gems, walk by impressive buildings such as the famous Winchester Cathedral, and learn about the serious impact the English Civil War had on this town. The trails and stories will take us up to Victorian times, and you will learn why this town was spared of bombing during the Second World War. Picturesque spots for pictures are guaranteed - and your guide will be happy to take them for you!

Southampton to London via Sailsbury & Winchester Cathedral

Southampton to London via Sailsbury & Winchester Cathedral

On the morning of your transfer your chauffeur will meet and greet you at your designated cruise terminal. From Southampton we will make our way to Salisbury Cathedral the home of the 1065 Magna Carta and home to the worlds first working mechanical clock.Enjoy this stunning cathdral with its hand carved spire which is the tallest in the UK and the second tallest in Europe. Moving on to Winchester Cathedral which was built in 1079 and finished in 1532 which has a tower height of 150ft (46m).Discover this cathedral with over 900 years of history .

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What people are saying about Winchester Cathedral

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(27 reviews)

We had an unforgettable Easter Sunday with Brian who shared interesting stories and facts about King Arthur, John Keats and his poetical inspiration whilst meandering along the River Itchen as well as Jane Austen and her last days. We got to admire the grandeur of the Great Hall, Winchester Cathedral and the palacial ruins. Despite the holiday, his passion for Winchester shone brightly making our family outing truly special we left feeling enriched and grateful for Brian‘s guidance on this unforgettable journey. If you’re looking for a day out of discovery we wholeheartedly recommend joining Brian on this wonderful walking tour of Winchester.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend any newcomer to Winchester to sign up! it was a thoughtful, engaging and well-curated introduction to Winchester, and the guide- Brian- was fantastic; a very smart man who wears his learning lightly. Thank you, Brian!

We really enjoyed the tour. Furthermore, we also got 20% off at one of the best pubs in Winchester! Lovely tour and great benefits as well. Totally worth the price.

Brian was an excellent guide full of knowledge with some good humour thrown in we would throughly recommend him.

Brian was an excellent guide. Informative, pacy, well judged for the group.