Technically a city on account of its fabulous cathedral, Winchester has the feel of a friendly small town. Winchester was England’s capital about 1000 years ago and the home of King Alfred the Great, and today it boasts a variety of excellent pubs, countryside walks and a lively high street.
At the top of the high street is an imitation of King Arthur’s Round Table hanging in the Great Hall. Just off the high street through a short alleyway is Winchester Cathedral, a stunning building with the longest nave of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Back on the high street, head past the statue of Alfred the Great to the River Itchen – follow it to get to Winchester College.
Trains leave London Waterloo several times an hour, and the journey time is about an hour. The drive from central London takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, and Winchester’s city center has several parking options.