Seven reasons to visit Winchester with kids
Follow in the footsteps of King Alfred the Great who ruled England from 871 to 899. He is such an important figure in our history because he is credited with making strategic military moves that led to the creation of England. He was also a scholar who formed important laws of the land and helped to spread literacy. No wonder he has ‘The Great’ added to the end of his name. The City Walk is a free downloadable guide that takes you on a tour of some of the important King Alfred landmarks, from his statue on Broadway to his last known resting place at Hyde Abbey Gardens. The tour is in three loops, so perfect for families to decide on how far they want to go.
This is the oldest working watermill in the country with more than a thousand years of history. There are hands-on activities for kids to have a go at as well as milling demonstrations. The mill was in regular use up until the early 20th Century and after a recent refurbishment now operates every weekend.
If your kids followed Tim Peake’s Prinicipia Mission onboard the International Space Station then a visit to Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium will leave them buzzing. It’s home to the UK’s largest stand alone planetarium cinema and has loads of hands on activities to get them thinking like scientists. Here’s a review of our visit to Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium.
The Great Hall is all that remains of a castle first constructed by William the Conquerer in 1067. It was built in the 13th Century as a replacement to the original hall and has hosted more than it’s fair share of historic figures in good times and bad. The Great Hall is most famous today for housing the Round Table, which according to legend is the table used by King Arthur and his knights. Spoiler alert: carbon dating and tree ring evidence date the table to the 13th or 14th Century. Admission to the Great Hall is free.
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Have you visited Winchester with kids? What attractions would you add to this list?
Photo credit: Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium – Visit Winchester
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