Destination Guides - Winchester Travel

Author: South West Trains

Great days out by train

While destination guides have tended to emphasise Winchester's undoubtedly regal past, Winchester can further boast modern art and cultural attractions on top of an array of shops, award winning food and farmers markets in picturesque surroundings. As well as one of the greatest churches in England, any Winchester guide should not overlook its many independent boutiques, specialist shops, cafes and restaurants. All just a short walk from the station, the range of Winchester events and attractions makes for truly fantastic days out by train.

Winchester Cathedral

Situated in the heart of England's ancient capital lies Winchester Cathedral, the last resting place of Jane Austen and site of much Winchester travel, the present building dates from 1079 and is the longest medieval cathedral in Britain, its Norman heritage still very much in evidence. Visitors will discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

Winchester City Mill

Winchester City Mill is a National Trust property that spans the River Itchen. Visitors can learn about the history of the Mill, watch a flour milling demonstration and take part in a range of great activities to make for enjoyable days out by train for all the family.

Intech Science Centre

Alternatively, families may pick the Intech Science Centre and Planetarium out of the Winchester guide. With 176 seats the Planetarium is the largest in the UK, while there are 80 hands on interactive science and technology exhibits, ideal for children aged 5 to 12. Simply take the number 5 bus (Mon-Sat) and change for the X64 or 67. Alternatively, just take a taxi direct to Intech.

The Winchester walk

One of the most popular Winchester events is a self guided walk which tours King Alfred's compact city centre. The Winchester walk is divided into 3 loops, each averaging a mile in length, so you can do as little or as much as time will allow or your feet will take. Follow in the footsteps of the king they called 'The Great One' – he of cake burning fame – from his famous statue in the Broadway to his last-known resting place beneath Hyde Abbey Garden,

The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line offers one of the more interesting means of Winchester travel. From Alton station in Winchester you can travel the 10 miles to New Arlesford by steam train. This heritage line was once used to transport locally grown watercress into London and is now a popular visitor attraction hosting luxury dining trains and real ale trains to a variety of special Winchester events and local events throughout the year.

Learn to make Jam

Learn to make Jam with the Real Jam & Chutney Company, who operate out of Winchester, guide you on how to create traditional recipes just 15 minutes from the train station on foot.. The full-day chutney master class begins with a visit to Winchester Farmers' Market to buy fresh ingredients before concluding with a leisurely afternoon in the kitchen.

Shopping in Winchester

Shopping in Winchester offers an array of independent shops, markets, boutiques and art galleries in a scenic setting. The city's compact, pedestrian-friendly streets are a refreshing alternative to the large-scale malls found in other cities within a lively, bustling atmosphere.

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