City Walk

www.visitwinchester.co.uk/city-walk

Start at Winchester Tourist Information Centre

The Broadway, Winchester

SO23 9GH

A self-guided trail of King Alfred's Winchester

Trace the footsteps of King Alfred from his statue in the Broadway to his last known resting place beneath Hyde Abbey Garden.

King Alfred will be your constant companion on this tour of Winchester's historic landmarks. You'll learn about the earlier history of Winchester and how it has evolved in more recent times.

The walk is divided into three loops so you can choose how much to do: in each section you are following in the footsteps of the king they called 'The Great One'.                                                                      

So set out from the famous statue of King Alfred on the Broadway to trace the walls he repaired to keep the Danes at bay and the streets he laid out in the 9th century. The three loops explore the heart of the ancient capital, the upper city and Alfred's final journey, leading to his resting place in Hyde Abbey Gardens.

King Alfred the Great

King Alfred ruled Wessex from 871 until his death in 899. At the time of his enthronement the Vikings had taken control and were threatening Wessex. After initial setbacks, Alfred's armies won a great battle at Edington in 878, resulting in the conversion of the Viking King Guthrum to Christianity.

Alfred developed a sophisticated military strategy involving the establishment of fortified centres. His capital at Winchester was the largest. He gradually won back some of the lands taken by the Vikings and his diplomacy led eventually to the formation of the English nation.

The fifth son of the King of Wessex, Alfred was not expected to rule and so developed a love of learning in his early years. Despite ever-pressing military duties, he found time to translate Latin text into English to encourage wider literacy; developed a philosophy of kingship; reformed Saxon law; and was a patron of the Church.

This remarkable combination of soldier, statesman and scholar earned him the title 'the Great' - an honour bestowed on no other English king.

Wintonians are very proud of their founding father and marked the 900th anniversary of his death by forming the group 'Hyde 900', who organised a re-enactment of his burial procession and now cares for the area around his resting place at Hyde Abbey.

A loyal following of locals, journalists and visitors keep an eye on news and events in the district by following 'King Alf's' award-winning posts on Twitter and Facebook

Download the trail as a pdf here

You can also request a brochure and we will send one out to you.

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