England’s ancient capital is steeped in history, offering an enjoyable day out for visitors looking to uncover Britain’s past. From Iron Age forts, to Civil War sites and a world-famous Cathedral, Winchester boasts an impressive array of historical attractions. Explore the winding streets of Winchester and you will find a retail offering of independent and big name stores, chic boutiques and designer treasure troves alongside exclusive cafes, established restaurants and vibrant galleries.
Take a trip to the city of Salisbury and visit Salisbury Cathedral, one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings. The Cathedral has attracted travellers since the 13th century and continues to do so today. Salisbury has a wealth of eateries and independent shops specialising in everything from arts and crafts, fashion and homewares to specialist food, sports and health.
Newbury is a small town of West Berkshire and has a mix of independent and known high street stores and wide selection of eateries. Newbury is also home to beautiful walking and cycling trails, making it perfect for families to have a day out and enjoy the scenery. The town is also home to well known Arts venues, the Corn Exchange, Arlington Arts and The Watermill Theatre – hosting the very best in entertainment, music and comedy.
Explore Stockbridge’s varied independent specialist shops including tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as art galleries, craft and gift shops, clothing specialists, a delicatessen and a traditional butchers. The wide picturesque Stockbridge High Street reflects its early role as part of a drovers road where it was common to see flocks of sheep or herds of cattle being driven through the town on route from Wales. The River Test flows under the high street and you can catch a glimpse of trout, if you are lucky.
Romsey is an ancient market town with a variety of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Dating back to the 8th century, the town was built on the banks of the River Test whose streams meander throughout the town. Pretty medieval streets surround Romsey Abbey, the largest parish church in the county and one of England’s finest examples of Norman architecture.