Back in 2018, Holiday Lettings released their "10 of the most romantic city breaks in the UK" and Winchester was number 4 on the list. 2 years on we're sure that claim still stands too!
Here is what they had to say about our beautiful city,
"For lovers of history and architecture, Winchester is an excellent choice for a romantic weekend break. With its castle and a cathedral, there’s so much to see here you might want to extend your stay or come back for a return visit. Visit The Great Hall where you can see an interpretation of King Arthur’s round table, conjuring up all the romance of courtly legend. The Winchester City Mill is well worth a visit, as is the bustling cultural quarter of the city where you can watch a play or listen to live music. Head to the largest Farmers’ Market in the UK before cooking up a feast for your beloved, back at your cosy holiday rental. "
TripAdvisor have also collated all of the most romantic places to eat in Winchester so you can sample them all. To see where to go for that special date night click here
There are so many wonderfully romantic things to do in Winchester but here are some of favourites. Take your other half, pass the ideas off as your own and earn extra brownie points...it's ok, we won't tell them!
You can just see from the outside how romantic this building is with the beautiful gothic facade. It's simply a stunning structure with some equally beautiful grounds to stroll around or picnic in if the weather is good. The views from the top of the tower are well worth the walk up the steps...just maybe give this bit a miss if you're terrified of heights!
In 1819 Keats' stayed in Winchester and would walk the city daily using a book called "An Historical Account of Winchester". Although the city has obviously changed in the intervening 200 years, you can still walk the same path Keats did. The round route is approximately 2 miles passing through the landscape which inspired his famous ode ‘To Autumn’.
Follow the route here
Jane Austen Trail
The author Jane Austen was buried at Winchester Cathedral in 1817 and the house where she wrote, revised and had published all her novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice is close by in Chawton. The house is open to the public and sports a museum to the writer too. There is also a memorial to Austen in the cathedral.
For more information on Jane Austen's house visit the website here
Incognito is a unique and intriguing victorian parlour, serving delectable light lunches, cream teas and cakes and some quite frankly amazing 'out of this world' cocktails! Explore our Encyclopedia Gin & Tonica which contains a bastion of over 50 gins & 10 tonics, each perfectly paired with complimenting botanicals and garnishes. It's the perfect setting for a romantic cocktail evening with the person of your dreams.
For more information visit their facebook page here
A romantic walk through this picturesque ancient city.
This popular self-guided walk takes you off the beaten track through historic eastern Winchester and up St Giles Hill, a tranquil spot with superb views across the city – an idyllic setting for a picnic or a twilight stroll.
Stroll along the Weirs and enjoy the floral displays in Abbey Gardens. The walk passes some of the city’s oldest buildings and most exquisite scenes – don’t forget your camera.
For more details on the walk visit here
No. 8 Westgate House is right in the heart of Winchester with all the essential amenities for a romantic short break. A large king size bed is perfect for a long lay in and your other half to bring you breakfast in bed. No.8 Westgate house sleeps 2 with an on street parking permit for 1 car. This apartment oozes cosiness with towel radiators and central heating making this a perfect winter city break.
Fill your city break with a rich historic tour of The Great Hall, just a 6 minute walk from your apartment. The atmospheric 13th century great hall is home to the medieval round table romantically linked to King Arthur.