Winchester in Literature
Come for a walk with the Winchester Tourist Guides and hear what famous (and less famous) writers have had to say about the city from Saxon times to the present day, with readings from books, poems and even a song or two.
â€˜The city of Wintoncester, that fine old city, aforetimeÂ capital of Wessex, lay amidst its convex and concaveÂ downlands in all the brightness and warmth of a JulyÂ morning.â€™
- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the Dâ€™Urbervilles
â€˜Blood flowed out of the butchersâ€™ shops into theÂ street, and fat rats dodged between the feet of theÂ people who came to buy.â€™
- Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
The walk starts outside the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets should be booked in advance through the Cathedral Box Office. The walk lasts for approx. 90 minutes.