Westgate and Museum
Winchester is a gorgeous town to visit in England’s Hampshire. In fact this incredibly scenic city can be found on the edge of the South Downs National Park. If you’re not sure what to see or where to go during the visit, we have gathered a list of the best places to help you out. Without further delay here are 10 places you must absolutely see while exploring the city! If you are planning a visit in Winchester, you should never miss Westgate, this fortified old gateway of the city, as it is one of the surviving structures of Anglo-Saxon origin. Walking underneath it, you will find an entrance to its museum that is full of stories carried down the centuries. It has interesting exhibitions and carvings and its admission is free. A perfect place and plan for the morning. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Winnall Moors Nature Reserve
Located in the heart of the city, this natural reserve would be conducive for wildlife spotting. It is like a wildlife haven with different waterfowl, birds, dear, fish, and mammals although you can hear the city noise. It has a trail along the riverbanks and a short board pathway through the reeds. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
The Gurkha Museum
What this museum commemorates is the service of the Gurkha soldiers to Britain since 1815. It has showcases and dioramas depicting the famous military history of the Gurkhas. Aside from the collection of paintings, trophies and insignia, it also has a reference library containing information on the geography and history of Nepal. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Used to be known as the Old Bishop’s Palace, what only remains today are its ruins. But it is still a delightful scene. The grounds are great for family picnics and for an afternoon stroll. Wandering around the castle, you can note the informational boards set up to guide onlookers. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Winchester City Museum
Although this city museum is not gigantic, you will be thrilled by its collection showing the development of Winchester over the years. It has over three floors of excellent artefacts that are Roman and medieval in origin. The admission is free and it has a shop and café on its ground floor. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
St. Mary’s Abbey
Influenced by French Gothic architecture, this small church was founded by Alfred the Great as a Benedictine Nunnery. Its stained glass windows are high and glorious with colours reflecting on its pale walls. It has beautiful pews with gorgeous ironworks on their trimmings. All of these make it a magnificent scene to check out. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
The Royal Green Jackets Museum
Queen Elizabeth II opened this museum in 1989 and displays the different dioramas of wars. The first floor focuses on the Napoleonic Wars, entitling its exhibition as “With the Rifles of Waterloo”. The other floors depict the World Wars and other records and collections of British History like that of the British Army of the Rhine. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
If you wish to experience hands-on science experiments and interactive technological exhibitions, then this centre is for you. It caters over a hundred activities that are directly linked with the schools’ curricula. It also has a digital planetarium with a total dome experience that both children and adults would enjoy. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
This medieval castle was founded in 1067 and is currently the Hampshire City Council seat. The famous Great Hall was built by King Henry VIII and is made of flint and dressings of stones. Behind this hall is Queen Eleanor’s Garden. It also has a museum that contains Winchester’s historical articles. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
This seat of the Bishop of Winchester is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Royal weddings, coronations and funerals took place in this Gothic edifice like the marriage of Mary I and King Phillip II of Spain. It is famous for its artworks, statues and memorials such as the Knowles’ Cross.