My favourite place in the UK, without a doubt is Winchester. I moved down to Winchester for university in 2009 and came back home in 2012. University wasn't the best three years of my life, but living in Winchester certainly was.
Here's a couple of photos that I took in The Black Boy three years ago, including a cringey photo of me with my arm around a taxidermy baboon in a kilt. Oh, and there's also a donkey and a load of fire buckets..?
I love how all of the buildings in the city centre are different, no two are the same and each one has it's own history. There's a brilliant book that I've been meaning to get called Winchester, Look Up which tells the story behind each building. When you walk down the High Street you don't tend to look up above the shops and you don't appreciate the buildings for how interesting and beautiful they are.
Just outside the city centre is the Hospital of St Cross which is a medieval almshouse and is the most stunning building. It's actually the oldest charitable institution in the whole of the UK. The church is beautiful too, I was there last weekend to see my friend get married there. It was the most perfect location for a wedding.
The Westgate is one of two of the four gates that are still left standing around the city centre. It dates back to Anglo-Saxon times although it has been rebuilt since then. What many people don't know is that there is actually a museum on the inside of this and you can go to the top, a lot like the Arc de Triomphe.
The photo above was taken from the top of the Westgate around four years ago. You can see the top of the High Street and also St Giles Hill in the background which is where I was when I took the first photo at the top of this post.
If history isn't your thing, then don't worry! There's plenty of other places to go and things to see while you're in Winchester.
If you're looking for a nice cafe, I'd suggest Ginger Two For Tea. If you want a nice burger, then try Buddy's Diner. If you want a nice old fashioned pub, then The Royal Oak is the one for you! It's the oldest pub in Britain so it's definitely worth a try and they do delicious food too.
Winchester has all of the usual shops, such as Debenhams, M&S, Primark, Cath Kidston, River Island, New Look etc. but there are also many independent shops that are definitely worth a visit. My favourite independent shop is The Hambledon.
If you're looking for somewhere to stay, try Magdalen House - I couldn't recommend it enough and the view from the rooms is fab.