King Alfred the Great, united the Kingdom of Wessex and made Winchester its capital in the late 9th Century. Later it became the capital of England and remained so until the 13th Century when London became the capital. After his success at the Battle of Hastings, King William I (William the Conqueror) came to Winchester and ordered the building of Winchester Cathedral and Winchester Castle.
Your coach will drop you in central Winchester, here, take a short walk (15 minutes flat ground) to the entrance of Winchester Cathedral where you will have a guided tour. See the unchanged parts of the original Romanesque building as well as the fabulous Gothic Nave which was modernized in the 14th Century. Visit the burial place of Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice, and admire the Great West Window which was smashed by soldiers in the Civil War of the 17th Century but later repaired with medieval glass after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. Learn about William Walker, the diver who is credited with saving Winchester Cathedral in the early 20th Century and walk on floor tiles which date back from the 13th Century.
After your visit to the Cathedral there will be a walk (about 15 -20 minutes uphill) to The Great Hall which is the only remaining part of the Medieval Winchester Castle. It is the oldest and finest aisled hall in the country and dates from 1222 when it was built as a Banqueting Hall for King Henry III. It contains the iconic Round Table which has been claimed to have been King Arthur’s Round Table. There will also be time to explore the shops and cafes of Winchester’s High Street at leisure before meeting with your coach which will take you back to the port where you can board the ship. Those who do not wish to visit the Great Hall will have extra free time to roam in Winchester.
- Remarks/requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, light rain jacket
- Walking information: Estimated up to 2km - Up to 1 hour guided tour. Guests may prefer to opt out of the walking tour from the Cathedral in favour of free time in the City rejoining the group at an agreed time.
- Not suitable for wheelchair users.
- Language: English