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Winchester, England: The Top Things to See and Do

26/02/2019

The sun decided to show it’s face last weekend, reaching temperatures of 16 degrees – in England – in February (this is unheard of). To make the most of the shock weather, myself and my friend Helena took a day trip from Southampton to the lovely Winchester.

Located about 20 mins outside of Southampton, Winchester is known for its medieval past which means…pretty, grand, huge, old-fashioned buildings galore. It really is a beautiful city – very very English.

The place is full – and I mean full – of the most aesthetically pleasing cafes, restaurants and independent stores. Be prepared to be spoilt for choice.

 

W H A T  T O  D O

Winchester Cathedral

One of the largest in Europe, Winchester Cathedral is pretty much impossible to miss.

Located right in the centre of the city, it’s worth a look. The grand structure is surrounded with grassy areas and benches so, take a seat and admire the view.

 

Peninsula Square

I mean…how stunning is this little hidden gem!

It honestly felt like we were in Paris or something (the sunshine helped) but just look at it!! So beautiful. The square is surrounded by v v expensive looking flats and has a waterfall in the centre with a load of spots to sit and enjoy a picnic…ideal for a sunny day.

 

The Square

The square can be accessed directly off the main highstreet. It is basically the name of a little bustling area full of independent shops and restaurants.

There is a load of outdoor seating here too, so if the sun is out, grab a seat!

 

High Street

This is the main shopping area in Winchester and spans down the middle of the centre. As you can imagine, the street is lined with a mix of independent stores and high street shops – great for a little mooch!

There is also a market that pops up here and there…

Opening times:

Weekly Food and Produce Wednesdays 9am – 5pm
General Street Markets Thursdays
Friday and Saturday 9am – 6pm
Monthly Antiques & Vintage Market 1st Sunday of every month
Art & Design Market 3rd Sunday of every month

T I P: Try a vegan cookie from Mollie’s Kitchen – they are delish!

River Itchen

To get here, search for City Mill in maps and it should direct you to the top of the river.

This is a very peaceful spot, lined with benches and dotted with little wooden bridges. Make sure to look out for otters whilst you’re here – apparently they live in the river!

 

 

W H E R E  T O  E A T

 

Dispensary Kitchen

Top of the list has to be The Dispensary Kitchen. It is ~ incredibly ~ aesthetically pleasing plus, it has a great choice of food (the important bit right!?)…including, all day breakie! YASSS!

This place gets very busy very quickly, so try and get there before or after peak times for breakfast and lunch – you can book in the evenings.

There is a mouthwatering spread of the biggest cakes I have ever seen, so make sure you’re hungry!

C O S T: Brunch from – £6.00

 

Photo credit: Helena Clay

Josie’s

I have not been to Josie’s but my friend (who took me to Winchester) said it was lovely! So thought it should be added to the list.

The menu consists mostly of brunchy dishes, toasties and pancakes (seeing a theme here). From what I have seen, the dishes are all displayed in a way that is very photogenic – great for an ol’ insta.

 

Raw Berry

This is one of the places where you want to try EVERYTHING on the menu!!

From vegan bagels, healthy juices, to home-made cakes, it’s got it all…and the cafe is decorated with a load of hanging plants – love it!

C O S T: Small raw juice – £3.20 (they also do student discount)

 

Three Joes

Two words…sourdough pizza.

I haven’t actually tried one of these pizzas, but they looked a-mazing! And who doesn’t love a sourdough, wood-fired pizza!?

C O S T: Margherita – £6.50

 

Copper Joes

Located right next to Peninsula Square, this cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside, and is actually part of a museum but, inside it is very pretty and of course, very coppery (hence the name).

They also do all day breakfast (including pancakes),

C O S T: Pancakes – £6.95

 

Photo credit: Helena Clay

Greens

Greens bar and kitchen looked like the ideal spot to grab a drink and sit in the outdoor seating area – it was such a sun trap.

They do all day breakfast (everywhere here seems to) and have a tempting looking drinks menu.

 

Chococo

A chocoholic’s heaven…it is pretty much floor to ceiling chocolate!

This cafe/gift shop is a great visit, even if you just grab a little sweet treat and have a look at the mouthwatering menu…

C O S T: Chocolate lolly – £2.50 (if you can’t resist the temptation)

 

Incognito

Winchester’s new secret bar…need I say more?

I did have a little peak in and it looked very dark and mysterious. Unfortunately, this was around mid-day – a little too early for a cocktail, so I have not been myself.

This is more of an expensive spot but, the cocktails do look amazing – there is one served in a massive clam! Check out their Instagram.

C O S T: Cocktails from – £9.95

 

 

Have you been to Winchester?

I’d love to go again and have a little more time to explore. Let me know where to check out next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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