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Trains to Winchester

There really is nowhere else quite like Winchester. This ancient cathedral city was the one-time capital of the Saxon kings, and it's here that Alfred the Great and King Arthur wrote their legends into the annals of English history. The town reflects the astounding tales with Elizabethan and Regency buildings lining the close-knit streets. Mixed with modern shopping and a thriving restaurant scene, Winchester is as unique as it comes.

 

Popular train routes to Winchester

London to Winchester
Bournemouth to Winchester
Manchester to Winchester
Southampton to Winchester
Oxford to Winchester
Birmingham to Winchester
Bristol to Winchester
Reading to Winchester

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Visiting Winchester

All visitors should take the time to simply wander Winchester's medieval streets weaving around Wolvesey Castle and the cathedral, which light up the skyline. With one of the best-maintained Bibles in the world, Winchester Cathedral - the final resting place of Jane Austen and the first Saxon king, as well as Izaak Walton, the author of the second-most reprinted book in English, The Compleat Angler - is also one of the best cathedrals in the country.

The building itself has traces of architecture stretching across a thousand years and some of the best samples of medieval tiles in Britain. If you're more into legends and are a fan of Merlin and co, head to the Great Hall - all that remains of Winchester Castle - where you'll find a Round Table attached to the wall. But is it the real Round Table?

Less questionable is Queen Eleanor's garden, found next door, a recreation of a medieval herb garden and camomile lawn. Another outside treat is the River Itchen, with genteel walks along the water's edge - see if you can spot the city's famous otter population gorging on the Itchen's fish.

And those with a penchant for pleasure, dip into the UK's largest Farmers' Market or any number of the amazing restaurants the city has on offer.

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