Interesting fact about Winchester: from Anglo-Saxon times until the 13th century, this city was in fact the capital of England. The ruins of the royal residence (Wolvesey Castle), many prominent medieval buildings and a dominating cathedral, are all signs of the significant city it once was.
Winchester Cathedral is now one of Hampshires top tourist attractions and you can explore 1000 years of history in this wonderful building. A free children's trail, created by a children's writer, allows families a fun and informative look at the Cathedrals past. Also of interest here is the brass plaque, marking the tomb of Jane Austen. The house where she lived and wrote several books is in the the village of Chawton, a short drive from Winchester. The house has now been turned into a museum and is a must for literary fans.
If your family wants a respite from the history overload, then head out to Marwell Zoo. Located just five miles outside Winchester it is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species. It's run by a conservation charity, so by visiting you'll be contributing to the incredible projects they run in Hampshire and around the world. It's a win/win!
There is absolutely masses to do in Winchester as well as great places to stay and numerous restaurants and cafes. It is well worth a visit.
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