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Winchester

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Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, 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 National Park, along the course of the River Itchen. It is situated 61mi south-west of London and 13.6mi from Southampton, its closest city. At the time of the 2011 Census, Winchester had a population of 45,184. The wider City of Winchester district which includes towns such as Alresford and Bishop's Waltham has a population of 116,800.Winchester developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum, which in turn developed from an Iron Age oppidum. Winchester's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the distinction of having the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The city is home to the University of Winchester and Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom still using its original buildings.
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Winchester Cathedral
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Hampshire Wine School
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Castle
The Great Hall
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Historic Site
Hospital of St Cross
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World heritage site
Stonehenge Amesbury
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Theme Park
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Zoo
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Military Museum
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Hidden gems in Winchester

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Educational Site
Winchester College
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National Park
South Downs Way
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Duration: 8 hours
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St Giles Hill
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Military Museum
The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
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Museums in Winchester

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Art Gallery
The Winchester Studio & Gallery
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Military Museum
The Gurkha Museum
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Military Museum
Winchester’s Military Museums
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History Museum
Winchester City Museum
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Historic Sites in Winchester

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Historic Walking Area
The Weirs Winchester
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Religious Site
Saint Lawrence Church
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St.-Swithun-upon-Kingsgate Church
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Old Church of St Mary the Virgin
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Kid-friendly things to do in Winchester

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Marwell Zoo
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Observatory
Winchester Science Centre
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Wildlife Area
Blackwood Forest
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Where to stay in Winchester

Hotels, B&Bs, and inns offer rooms on the upper floors of the historical town center's Victorian, Georgian, and Tudor buildings. These look out over the pedestrian streets, markets, and shops, as well as provide a convenient location to the main attractions. Cottages for rent near the River Itchen are set among thick trees near the water, but are still within walking distance of many of the city attractions.
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