Winchester Guildhall © TAB
Winchester has much that is old and interesting. Part of the medieval city wall is still standing, and so is Castle Hall, where Walter Raleigh was condemned to death. The surrounding streets contain fine buildings from every period since the early 12th century.
The original church was founded in 1079 on a site where Christian worship had take place for over 400 years. It's nave looks 14th-c but is in fact a reworking of Norman construction. From the outside it is not so imposing but inside its vastness overwhelms you, as it is the second-longest cathedral in Europe. Its many important treasures include Jane Austen's tomb, a 12th-c illuminated Winchester Bible, rare medieval wall paintings and the breathtakingly beautiful stone altar screen. The so-called mortuary chests perched on the choir screens contain the bodies of several Anglo-Saxon kings, including King Canute.
Triforium Gallery Museum, Crypt and tower are also open to the public (charges apply).
Opening times: all year, Mon-Sat 8.30-6, Sun 8.30-5.30 Admission Charge (free entry to services)
Location: 1 The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS - Tel: 01962 857200 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, restaurant, toilets, shop
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