Hidden among the many examples of Winchester's fine architecture there are also many charming retail areas nestled in its compact streets, boasting an unparalleled array of independent boutiques offering a huge variety of products. There are also a number of high quality art galleries, museums and other cultural attractions in and around the city centre.
One of the iconic sights of the city is the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, built of flint with sandstone detailing in the thirteenth century, it has remained virtually unchanged since this time. Hung from the wall of the castle is the Winchester Round Table - a model of the fabled Round Table of Arthurian legend with the names of King Arthur's famous knights emblazoned around its edge, which is extremely popular with tourists.
One of the city's most famous institutions is Winchester College, a prestigious public school that dates back to the fourteenth century making it one of England's oldest educational establishments. Among the cloistered courtyards and clipped greens of this historic school lies its stunning chapel which is the symbol of Winchester College with its vaulted ceiling and spectacular stained glass.
With such a rich history it is unsurprising that Winchester has a number of excellent museums showcasing the many aspects of the city's past. The City Museum covers the city's origins in prehistoric times through Roman, Anglo Saxon and Norman periods right up to the present, and the city's range of military museums are also well worth a visit.