What is Winchester Famous For?
Whether you are new to Winchester or have been living here for quite some time already, you might still not be completely aware of everything that this great city is known for. If you think that it is time to brush up on your history and knowledge of Winchester, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
In this blog post, we’ll go over a few of the things that Winchester is famous for.
Did you know that Winchester Cathedral is Europe’s longest cathedral? That’s not the only reason to be impressed by this feat of architecture. It’s also around 1,000 years old and is home to some original 12th-century paintings. It is also the home of the Winchester Bible, an important manuscript that dates back to 1160. There are a lot of great events held at the cathedral throughout the year but it’s always possible to visit just to take a look inside this amazing building.
Winchester City Mill
Winchester City Mill is an example of a surviving urban working corn mill. There aren’t many of these still around, and this is a very rare example of one in the country. It is thought to have even been in use when Winchester was the capital of Wessex under King Alfred. The current mill that is standing today was rebuilt in the 18th century. It was restored back to full working order in 2004. The mill is open daily and has plenty for young children to do.
The Great Hall
Another fine piece of history in the city of Winchester is the Great Hall. It dates back to the 13th century and is thought to be a brilliant example of an aisled hall. This hall is the only remnant of Winchester Castle and is often said to be the location of King Arthur’s famous Round Table. If you visit, you can try on a Medieval costume so that you feel right at home in the long hall. There are also lots of fun trails and quests that kids can get involved in.
Winchester’s Military Quarter
When you visit the Winchester Military Quarter, you can enjoy six museums for the price of one! The quarter houses six museums that all focus on different regiments and military corps. The museums include the Regimental Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, The Royal Green Jackets Museum, The Rifles Museum, The Gurkha Museum and The Guardroom Museum. Whether you visit all of them or just the one is up to you!
The historic Winchester College was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham who was the Bishop of Winchester. Today, the college still only admits boys and is the longest continually running school in the country. You can visit and explore the Medieval buildings by joining one of the daily guided tours.
Hopefully, this blog post has helped you learn something new about our fascinating city. Do you know any other great places of significance that Winchester is known for?