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 Castle and 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, you will have some free time to visit the City Musuem, climb St Giles Hill and enjoy spectacular views of the area, or take lunch in one of the many restaurants that Winchester is home to. Your guide will be on hand to advise you of 'must see' sights and attractions!
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
From Waterloo station, in front of Foyle's bookshop (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.