The city of Winchester, formerly Venta Belgarum and capital of England is located just an hour south west of London, with a magnificent Cathedral built by the Normans in 1079. The city boasts award-winning pubs and restaurants and an array of independent shops within easy reach of Portsmouth, home of HMS Victory, Salisbury and Stonehenge.
Winchester is packed with historic buildings, museums, family attractions and tranquil green spaces including the water meadows. Places to visit include the Cathedral, St Cross Hospital founded by Henry de Blois in 1130, Winchester College which is one of the country's most prestigious schools and was founded in 1382, INTECH which houses the UK's largest planetarium, and the Arthurian Round Table which hangs in the Great Hall, the only remaining part of Winchester Castle.
The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is home to several golf courses and excellent fishing. To the south west, and only 30 minutes drive lies the New Forest National Park, a wide expanse of woodland and home to many wild ponies. Within easy reach are several National Trust Houses including Hinton Ampner, Mottisfont Abbey, The Vyne and also other houses including Jane Austen's home at Chawton, Beaulieu and Gilbert White's House and the Oates Museum at Selbourne.
Winchester is an excellent location for walking, whether walking the South Downs Way, or the Clarendon Way or just along the River Itchen.