Hampshire Holidays: A Weekend in Winchester

Hampshire Holidays: A Weekend in Winchester

Our home in Hampshire provides a beautiful and diverse surrounding environment for Hambledon Vineyard- it is the terroir that is responsible for the unique character of our grapes, the place that many of our team call home and spend many of their free hours exploring.

Hampshire Holidays are varied, offering everything from cosmopolitan city breaks, to quiet country retreats. Winchester is one of our closest cities, located only 17 Miles from Hambledon Vineyard. As an iron age tribe, a roman town and the ancient capital city of England, the city boasts a long history, which can be seen through the multitude of landmarks, its beautiful, cobbled streets and the many historic buildings which line them. There’s no arguing that Winchester is a charming city, which presents an array of ways to spend a weekend break in Hampshire.

For the History Enthusiast

It goes without saying that Winchester offers a plethora of fascinating experiences for those who covet a broad historical knowledge.

Winchester Cathedral is an imposing and obvious choice for visitors. Located in the centre of the historic city, the gardens themselves provide the perfect welcome to the Cathedral. Having stood in Winchester for over 900 years, a visit provides a distinctive view into the city’s history. With the option to explore the edifice with an expert through guided tours, enjoy 360˚ views of the city during a tower tour, or discover one of the oldest parts of the cathedral in a crypt tour.

After touring the Cathedral, visitors can explore the Great Hall, which adds more depth to the story of the historic city. The Great Hall is the only surviving part of Winchester Castle and is a stunning example of early Gothic architecture. It was begun by Henry III in 1222 and now houses the Round Table of Arthurian legend, making it a fascinating destination for historians and anyone with a vivid imagination.

For the cosmopolitan

Aside from its rich history, Winchester is perfect for those who wish to revel in all that comes with metropolitan life. Its beautiful, cobbled high street is lined with shops- from the ordinary, to the extraordinary and the city offers both high street favourites and independent gems. Our namesake, The Hambledon, is a particular favourite. Paired with numerous artisanal coffee shops, bakeries and independent cafes, there is no shortage of spots where one can pass a few quiet minutes on a busy day.

Alternatively, for those seeking more hedonistic delights, Winchester boasts a plethora of restaurants, bars and coffee shops for a range of tastes. For a cozy yet refined dining experience at the Chesil Rectory, to seafood at Rick Stein in Winchester, or head further afield to Alresford to dine at Pulpo Negro, a Michelin Bib Gourmand Tapas bar. With an array of bars, such as Incognito, which specialises in creative mixology, to the endless list of quaint English pubs, offering a drink by a fire- there is truly something to suit everyone.

For something a little different

Winchester offers something for all tastes, located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the city boasts magnificent surroundings, especially for those seeking an escape to the countryside during their Hampshire weekend break. The River Itchen, which runs through the heart of the city, offers many walking routes of varying difficulties, allowing one to see and enjoy Winchester from a different perspective. Alternatively, view Winchester from St Catherine’s Hill or venture out further to hike around Old Winchester Hill. For the literary fans, the Keats Trail offers a view of Winchester through the eyes of the famed poet.

If you’re seeking an alternative way to spend an evening- the Theatre Royal Winchester offers the perfect opportunity to experience the arts: from comedy, to opera, to pantomime- the breadth of performances presents an opportunity for an enriching experience, whether you’re seeking to entertain children or for a relaxed evening with a partner. Or, visit the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium for one of their evening events- from educational visits for science lovers, or films under the ’stars’ in their planetarium dome, this certainly provides a unique experience.

Or, if you're in the area, why not visit England's oldest commercial vineyard for a tour and tasting- and sample the Finest English Fizz in the heart of the South Downs.