Winchester is the home to one of England's premier medieval cathedrals and much more besides. For many years, Winchester has been associated with royalty as far back as the famous Alfred the Great, King of Wessex. The city even became joint capital of England, alongside London.
Enjoy the services of a tour guide for the full day
Return transport to London by train
Entry included to Winchester Great Hall
During your walking tour, your guide will take you into the Great Hall, a seat of many English Kings and Queens, where you'll have the chance to view the famous King Arthur's Round Table. (The 'Round Table' does actually date much later than the legendary British King, and is just a mere 800 years old!)
Your guide will point out the military museum and the medieval West Gate, before decending down to the river to see King Alfred's statue and the 17th century water mill, one of the best preserved mills in Europe. Following the river, you will be able to see the Bishop's Palace and Winchester College, founded in 1378, one of the oldest established public schools in Britain. In Winchester Cathedral, lies the resting place of many Saxon Kings, the Norman King William Rufus and the novelist Jane Austen. This outstanding building, with the longest nave in Europe, has an original medieval tiled floor and was the venue for the wedding of King Philip of Spain to Queen Mary Tudor in 1554, the infamous 'Bloody Mary'. Entry to the Cathedral is not included, but you can enter the Cathedral (if open to the public) in your free time.
When we finish our guided tour there will be time to explore the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. The market is renowned as one the best in Europe with it's unique location in the Cathedral's inner close. Inspired by traditional German Christmas markets there is a wonderful festive atmosphere, with high quality hand-picked exhibitors in pretty wooden chalets, all surrounding a stunning ice rink.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Waterloo Station - The seating area in front of Foyle's Bookstore (situated on the Ground Floor of the Main Concourse). (MAP)
If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website - click here
This day trip is intended for travellers looking for a great value day out, with a mix of guiding and free time.
This tour will return to London at approximately 7pm.