A picturesque setting at the University of Winchester

In 2016, Winchester was voted the best place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times. The historic cathedral city is also a lovely place to spend time in if you’re checking out the university or visiting someone who already studies here. Founded in 1840, the university has a long history of providing higher education in picturesque surroundings. The campus is just a 10-minute walk from Winchester city centre, where you can shop, enjoy a night out or see famous landmarks such as King Arthur’s Round Table.

Explore Winchester Cathedral

The magnificent medieval cathedral is the city’s focal point, and hosts university graduation ceremonies every year. Discover the exquisite illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings and contemporary art. The Jane Austen Story is a permanent exhibition situated in the north nave aisle of the cathedral beside the author’s grave. At Christmas, the area around the cathedral is transformed into a festive market wonderland with ice rink.

Drink in the ancient Royal Oak

Tucked away in a medieval alleyway off the main shopping street, the Royal Oak is one of the oldest pubs in England, dating back to 1002. It’s believed that Edward the Confessor spent time here, as did Royalist supporters during Oliver Cromwell’s rule. Sup real ale or enjoy a hearty meal among the nooks and crannies of this traditional setting.

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