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Winchester Travel Guide

by our United Kingdom expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryOther cities may rival Winchester’s antiquity, but the capital of Alfred the Great’s Kingdom of Wessex is where William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book was actually compiled in 1086. The city centres on the outstanding Gothic cathedral, the longest in Europe and arguable the loveliest, where King Canute, William Rufus and St Swithun are buried (it rained for the proverbial 40 days after his remains were moved). Jane Austen, who lived in nearby Chawton, is also buried there, while another literary connection is Keats who wrote ‘Ode to Autumn’ here. The handsome Castle has Arthurian connections and houses a ‘Round Table’ (more fiction, as it’s only 700 years old) and the knightly paintings on it were commissioned by Henry VIII. A more modern feature is sculpture, with works by Anthony Gormley, Elizabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth publicly displayed.
 

360 Tour of Winchester Cathedral


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National Flag: British Flag
Language(s): English
Welsh
Scottish
Scots Gaelic
Irish
Currency: British Pound
Dialling Code: +44
Time Zone: GMT
Tourism Website:
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