Winchester (archaically known as Winton and Wintonceastre) is a historic City status in the United Kingdom and ancient capital of Wessex and the Kingdom of England. It is the county town of Hampshire, in South East England. The city lies at the heart of the wider City of Winchester, a local government district, and is located at the western end of the South Downs, along the course of the River Itchen, Hampshire. At the time of the 2001 Census, Winchester had a population of 41,420.
Winchester developed from the Roman Britain town of ''Venta Belgarum''. Winchester's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the distinction of having the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic architecture cathedrals in Europe.  The town is also home to Winchester University and Winchester College - famous Public School. Winchester railway station is served by trains running from Waterloo station, Weymouth, Dorset, Portsmouth, Southampton and the North. The city's architectural and historic interest, and its fast links to other towns and cities have led Winchester to become one of the most expensive and desirable areas of the country. A person who is from or resides in Winchester is locally known as a Wintonian.

Why visit?

  • The Winchester City Mill is a restored 18th century watermill, located on the banks of the River Itchen. Here you can learn about the history of the mill, and take a tour of the mill and its grounds.
  • The Winchester Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals in England, and is a must-see for any visitor to the city. The cathedral is home to the world's longest nave, and is a stunning example of Gothic architecture.
  • Winchester is home to a number of vibrant markets, including the weekly farmers' market, which is held in the city centre every Thursday. Here you can find a variety of local produce, as well as handmade crafts and gifts.