It could be its illustrious history and the beautiful houses, or maybe the cobbled streets and lively markets, perhaps it’s the happy community feel, low crime rate and excellent schooling, for some, it will be the wonderful location with coast and country on the doorstep and London just an hour away.
Located in Hampshire, Winchester is a small city that punches above its weight, it has many positives and very few negatives.
There are a number of reasons why living in Winchester is so wonderful, below we highlight some of the key features and answer – Is Winchester a good place to live?
History and Culture
As the nation’s former capital, history, culture and heritage abound in Winchester.
The huge cathedral sits quietly in its close just a few metres from the High Street and is the most obvious example, but there are ancient, character buildings at every turn.
The main city shopping streets are pedestrianised and have retained their charm and are peppered with independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
There is a lively buzz to the city centre which is helped by the many regular food festivals, fairs and farmers’ market.
The Christmas market is one of the best in the country, while the farmer’s market is reported to be the largest in the UK.
Location, Location, Location
Winchester’s location has long been one of its strong selling points. Capital, Country and Coast are easily accessible.
Rush-hour trains to London take just over an hour and a newly extended car park has helped ease some of the morning parking frustrations.
The city’s compact footprint means that escaping the city and accessing the beautiful surrounding countryside is easy.
To the east is the rolling hills of the South Downs, the UK’s newest National Park. To the west is the Test Valley with its crystal clear chalk streams and famous fly-fishing.
To the south is the unique landscape and nature of the New Forest National Park.
All these areas are wonderful to explore and are populated by charming villages and country pubs you could get stuck in for the day.
Winchester is just a short hop to the coast, and whether you are looking for beaches and walks, or water sports (sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking) all are readily on hand.
Schools in Winchester
Winchester is a major draw for families due to its excellent schooling options.
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