Winchester and the surrounding area make a very enjoyable destination for either a long holiday or a short city break style trip. A visit to the City Museum will give you an insight into the history of the city and is an interesting place to start exploring. Alfred the Great made Winchester the capital of his Wessex Kingdom in the ninth century; William the Conqueror commissioned local monks to prepare the Doomsday Book, there is a lot of history connected to Winchester.
You will not be disappointed with your visit to the magnificent cathedral, with its 556ft nave; the carved Norman font of black marble is outstanding. There are also the 14th century misercords. You will see the memorial to St. Swithuns he was originally buried in the churchyard but was later interred inside the cathedral, behind the impressive Victorian screen is the tomb of Jane Austen who died in a house nearby.
As you stroll around Winchester you will see the remains of the Saxon walls and the ruins of the 12th century castle. Winchester College is the oldest public school in England it was established in 1382 by William Wykeham you can visit here in term time and see the chantry and the cloisters.
At the top of College Street there is an original 13th century medieval gateway.
About a twenty minute walk will bring you to the Hospital of St. Cross this almshouse is the oldest charitable institution in Britain you can visit the gardens, kitchen and the fine church.
About six miles from Winchester you could visit Alresford where you can take a ride on a steam powered train. There are many interesting places to see and things to do in this area to make your holiday break a success.