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Winchester is a beautiful cathedral city in Hampshire, surrounded by green countryside but still offering plenty of urban conveniences. If youâ€™re planning a visit and wondering what to do in Winchester, there are so many local attractions and activities to make your holiday here an unforgettable one.
TheÂ Wykeham ArmsÂ is a famous Winchester pub which started off as a coaching inn in 1755. This is a perfect place to enjoy a pint with the locals. The Wykeham Arms has a tasty seasonal menu, an extensive wine list, and a tea list to accompany afternoon tea in the St George Tea Room.
Enjoy some time in nature, surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of Hampshireâ€™s leafyÂ Blackwood Forest. There are plenty of woodland walking trails and cycle paths, and the log cabin accommodation will lend a truly magical feel to your stay.
Cycling at Blackwood Forest
A trip to theÂ Winchester Science Centre and PlanetariumÂ is the perfect day out for families visiting the city. This interactive science and technology centre boasts the biggest standalone planetarium in the UK. Thereâ€™s so much to explore, including live science shows and hands-on exhibits.
Spaceman for the day at Winchester Science Centre Planetarium
Another of the most popular things to do with kids in Winchester â€“ visitÂ Marwell ZooÂ for a day of fun and learning. Marwell Wildlife works to conserve species and habitats, and the zoo looks after a wide range of exotic and endangered animals. Here youâ€™ll see white rhino, Amur tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards and more.
Marwell Zoo Lemur experience
History and culture buffs will enjoy a visit to the last remaining piece of Winchester Castle, which is home to King Arthurâ€™s legendary Round Table. Visitors toÂ The Great HallÂ can explore Queen Eleanorâ€™s Garden full of 13th Century foliage, take part in trials and quests based on Arthurian legends, and take selfies in some of the amazing costumes available.
The Great Hall at Winchester Castle
These are just a few of the iconic landmarks to check off your Winchester holiday list â€“ from local shopping to riverside walks, there is much more to do in Winchester, and youâ€™ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local attractions.