Wintertime in Winchester
A few days ago, I took a spontaneous trip with my partner. We ended up in the beautiful old town of Winchester. The town is around 1 hour and a half from central London and it is set in the lovely English countryside. It also home to one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. We visited the cute Christmas market, which was just to the side and in front of the cathedral.
This little town is filled with medieval buildings and cobbled streets – I loved exploring the backstreets and the underground tunnels of the old Winchester Castle. Just above the underground tunnels, you’ll find the Great Hall; “One of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century.” From the outside, I did think this was a church. It contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology; King Arthur’s Round Table. This is mounted on the wall inside.
Whilst exploring the cute and narrow streets, we came across a sign that pointed you in the direction of the oldest pub in England – the Royal Oak. It’s a Grade 2 listed building (meaning that the building is particularly important; only 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade 2). The oldest connection with the Royal Oak dates back to 1002! The cute little pub boasts traditional, old English architecture and decor.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that I love different, unique doors – they just look so pretty. Therefore, I had to take pictures of lots of doors down Winchesters streets! Here’s only a few photographs of doors that I took during my trip.
There were a lot of Christmas decorations around Winchester – it felt like a real little community, which is sometimes rare to find in the UK. If you’re visiting England, London or the English countryside, I would definitely recommend you popping into Winchester – there’s plenty to see and do! There are lots of restaurants, cafes, shops and places of interest!