Right on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester is the country town of Hampshire. Worth a visit when you’re on your large group holiday in the New Forest if you fancy a day spent in urban environs; there’s certainly plenty to do, apart from the obvious shopping. You could visit the magnificent cathedral and find Jane Austen’s grave, take a Tower Tour, and see the 12th century Winchester Bible; get yourselves down to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium where there are over 100 hands-on exhibits. If it floats your boat go Winchester’s Military Quarter where you’ll find six museums within yards of each other, or see Royal Armouries collection of cannon at Fort Nelson. Visit what’s left of Winchester Castle, the 13th century Great Hall, and see King Arthur’s Round Table, go to Winchester City Mill, a rare example of an urban working corn mill, get your history head on and spend time discovering Winchester through the ages at the City Museum.
When your tummy starts rumbling and asking for sustenance head to The Old Vine, The William Walker, Chesil Rectory or Eighteen71.
All information correct at the time of writing