by Philip Blackmore (courtesy of

Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex

Englands capital in Anglo-Saxon times and reputedly home to King Arthurs Round Table, Winchester begs visitors not to rush but take their time and explore every inch of its distinguished and varied sights. When you need to take a break from the citys past, there are four different shopping areas to explore. Parchment Street is best for unusual boutiques and galleries; The Square showcases the cream of UK design labels; while at Brooks Shopping Centre and High Street check out the UKs favourite chain stores.

Hotels range from smart old town inns like the Wykeham Arms—with two famous bars – to the 23- room Hotel du Vin & Bistro, where each rooms stylish interior has been sponsored by a well-known wine company. There are even cottage B&Bs with thatched roofs, too.

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