Explore fifteen centuries of history at Winchester Cathedral before moving on to The Great Hall and Winchester’s Military Museums. Stroll the water meadows and enjoy the peace of the Hospital of St. Cross and then return to the smart shops of the city centre and King Alfred’s statue.
At over 1000 years old and one of Europe’s largest cathedrals, Winchester Cathedral is a spectacular sight. Take a guided tour or explore on your own – you’ll find medieval carvings, the Winchester Bible, 12th century paintings, a children’s trail, not to mention the Cathedral Café!
In a museum packed with over 40,000 artefacts you can discover the history of The Royal Green Jackets formed in 1958 but able to trace its history from the storming of Quebec and the Rifle Brigade’s exploits in the Peninsular War. Explore the medals, uniforms, weapons and models that make up this display as part of Winchester’s Military Museums.
Peninsula Barracks is home to a collection of six museums that make up Winchester’s Military Museums; Horsepower – The Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars, The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum, The Gurkha Museum, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, The Rifles Collection and The Royal Hampshire Regiment.
The Great Hall
As the last remains of Winchester Castle, The Great Hall, you can explore the legend of King Arthur’s Round Table. Visit this fine example of a 13th century aisled hall to explore the secret passageways, try on costumes and even put your head on the executioners block!
Trace the history of The Royal Hampshire Regiment through the years as you tour the museum. Discover the uniforms, medals, weapons and military artefacts inside and then tour the memorial garden outside where you will find the Regiment’s crest on the wrought iron gates.
The Hospital of St Cross
The ancient Hospital of St. Cross & Almshouses of Noble Poverty lie in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen at the foot of St. Catherine’s Hill. You may recognise the medieval almshouse buildings, Norman church and peaceful surroundings from TV’s “Wolf Hall”. From here head back into the city Winchester.
The magnificent bronze statue of King Alfred is part of the City Walk trail around Winchester. One of the most recognisable landmarks in Winchester, the 17 feet tall statue celebrates King Alfred the Great and stands close the River Itchen.