When planning a day trip to Winchester, I realised I knew very little about things to do in a day there. There’s something about Winchester that’s truly beautiful. It use to be the capital and it’s just full of history – and the most beautiful architecture. Winchester is somewhere I’ve always loved to visit, and with Brad and I getting married there in November, we really wanted to go exploring.
I remember visiting Winchester as a child, lots of places in Winchester pop up in my mind, but I still get completely lost and need to follow google maps around to help navigate myself to the right place.
I also forget how much there is to do and a lot of it is donations, which I like as it means i’m not being struck with £10 entry, but could pay that if I wanted to too.
On Saturday we decided to take a trip to Winchester. We had family visiting and we wanted to get out for the day. We’d spent a lot of recent visits either inside or just going to the park, so wanted an adventure this time. We headed for the train station, after purchasing our tickets online. Use Trainline, it’s cheaper and booking 4 tickets together gave us a discount too. Lucas loves trains, and because Brad and I don’t drive, we don’t all fit in the one car.
After missing the train by 8 minutes, Lucas did some train spotting, and we waited for the next train due 52 minutes later. Time flew by which was good.
Once we arrived we got exploring, but first stop was lunch, then onto feeling like tourists. Camera in one hand, child’s hand in another.
PLACES TO VISIT:
About a 5 minute walk from the train station car park. It has a little corner full of books, toys and puzzles and that’s enough to win over Lucas. The cafe itself is super cute, shabby chic and the changing facilities for the littles was amazing. It was so clean and spacious. I dislike those pull down changing tables as Lucas is getting a little too heavy for them now.
The food was reasonably priced and delicious. The cappuccino cake was delicious.
The service was quick and everything about the place was lovely, clean and pretty to look at.
This has the round table in it, and if I’m honest that’s super exciting. The whole history of King Arthur and his sword and round table. You can actually get married in the great hall too. It has a beautiful garden out the back and there’s a little dressing up section.
Lucas loved chopping off the knights head, and his Daddy’s for that matter too. The great hall is a donation entry fee, so you can pay what you can afford, and I like that. It’s quite a small quick stop, in the sense you wont need to spare hours for it. So it’s worth popping into on your way to the cathedral.
Probably the most obvious one, rain or shine, visit the cathedral. During the Summer the cathedral’s surrounding grassy areas become a sun trap, so perfect for drinking iced lemonades, catching a tan and having a picnic with the littles. During the rain it’s so nice to walk through and grab shelter as well as taking in the beauty of the architecture that it has to offer. There’s so much history in the cathedral and it’s breathtakingly amazing. Lucas went silent and automatically turned his usual, not indoor friendly – only suitable for dogs to hear voice, to this whisper and constantly telling us to “shhh.” He looked around and seemed to be taking it all in too.
One for you shopaholics. You can walk through the high street towards the cathedral and theres so many places to pop into. Numerous coffee shops and bakeries too. With shops like Cath Kidston, The white company, Jack Wills, Space NK, Pandora and waterstones to name a few of my favourites, we kept stopping to browse. I’m a sucker for the ‘little white company’ and the size of Cath Kidston made me happy. Sadly my budget for the month didn’t stretch to a treat in Space NK. Theres even an old fashioned sweet shop which made me super happy because I got all nostalgic and purchased some milk chews.
A cute little vintage shop just around the corner from the high street. They had some beautiful bits in there and even had a coat for £10 in the sale, which looked lovely on Brad, but was just too big for him. There’s something about little shops and vintage that make me happy. Especially in such a historic city like Winchester. They have so many gorgeous tweed and polka dot items and I’m a sucker for a top hat, so thought the owl in the window was amazing.
Winchester is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK, I’d love to visit so many more beautiful cities too. I underestimate my love for beautiful architecture and photographing buildings and not just people and my children.
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