This walk will be back soon. In the mean time would be happy to organise a private walk for you, so please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | [email protected] to make a booking.

Royal Winchester

Waterloo railway station, London

Guided by Hilary

Short read: In Winchester the whole tapestry of English history unfurls before us…

Long read: Winchester is the city of King Alfred the Great, quondam capital of England, perhaps even the Camelot of Arthur. Winchester is Winchester College, founded in 1382 and the very pattern of the English public school. Winchester is the Great Hall of the Norman castle. Winchester is the mediaeval Westgate. Winchester is – glory of glories* – the Cathedral. Words can’t begin to do justice to the astonishing vista of its seemingly endless interior – it’s the longest cathedral in Europe. Winchester is the Round Table of King Arthur. Winchester is Jane Austen country and the muted voices of grazing sheep and the merry click of bat upon ball and the lush green fields of England.

*Let’s close with that glory of glories. All by itself, Winchester Cathedral makes Winchester a not-to-be-missed destination. It’s one of the greatest churches in the world. With its variety of styles, it’s a handbook of late medieval architecture. It was an important pilgrimage shrine. It has extraordinary medieval woodcarvings – something that’s very rare. It has breathtaking elements of mediaeval fresco, which in England is even rarer. It has a piece of floor of the original tile, which is still rarer. It has a beyond price medieval manuscript, one of the world’s greatest holy books – the 12th century Winchester Bible. It has a series of uniquely important tombs – important not just for who’s in them but even more so for their design and decoration. Winchester Cathedral is ground zero for English tombs, leaving even Westminster Abbey in its wake.

ROYAL WINCHESTER EXCURSION – THE PRACTICALS

We go to Winchester on Saturday, August 31. Meet Hilary OBE and Mary (yeah, you get an OBE and two guides for the price of one!) at 9.30 am by the main ticket office of Waterloo  Railway Station. The main ticket office is directly opposite Platform 16.

The Tariff (train fare and any entrances) is £42. For the total cost of the trip just add the Tariff to the guide’s fee*

*The guide’s fee for an Excursion is £18 for adults. Or £16 for Super Adults (over 65s) and students. Or £14 for people with the London Walks Discount Card. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.

 

 

 

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Royal Winchester walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.