Historic Winchester is picture-postcard pretty with low crime rates, world-class schools, award-winning pubs and restaurants, a vibrant arts scene and interesting shops and markets, all in the midst of rolling Hampshire countryside and just an hour or so out of London. There are homes to suit all tastes, including the Georgian houses of Oram's Arbor, the grand Victorian homes of St Cross, the quaint cobbled streets near Winchester College, the traditional period homes in Hyde and Fulfood and the new developments in various parts of the city. Not to mention the charming cottages and houses of the surrounding villages.
A little bit of history
As the ancient capital of Wessex and the county town of Hampshire, the city of Winchester is the burial place of many of England's Kings, Queens and Saints, as well as being the last resting place of Jane Austen and Keats. The Domesday Book was put together here, as was the Winchester Bible and it is also the birthplace of common law. Today tourists take the chance to step back in time and explore our rich history by visiting The Great Hall, Winchester Cathedral and our military museums.
Need to know
Winchester is home to what some believe was King Arthur's legendary round table.
We are spoilt rotten when it comes to interesting markets to browse in Winchester, including regular, food, bric-a-brac, vintage and household goods markets. Not least, Winchester's magical Christmas Market in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral is world famous and attracts festive visitors from far and wide.
Our city also boasts a great balance of big name national chains (often in period buildings, adding to the city centre's character) and interesting, unique independent shops. Local supermarkets include Sainsbury's, Tesco, Aldi and Waitrose. And a few of our favourite independent food shops are Cobbs Farm Shop, Kingsgate Wine & Provisions, The General Store, Hursley High Class and John Robinson butchers. Food shopping done, we love to browse the many clothes, book, jewellery, furniture and gift shops on and around the High Street, including H&B Style, Mint Tea, Sass and Edge, Consortium, P&G Wells, The Hambledon, and Warren & Son.