Winchester QuizTrails

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Winchester’s history is set to be more accessible with the introduction of new trails around the city centre, following in the footsteps of King Alfred the Great, Keats and the Medieval Jews of Winchester.

Launched by historian and TV personality Dan Snow at on 17 March at the Great Hall, the QuizTrail app offers an interactive and fun way to explore while learning fascinating facts about your surroundings on the way. Winchester’s heritage trails sit alongside a history trail ‘blazed’ by Dan himself in Winchester and his trails in York, Bath, Canterbury and London.

QuizTrail is gaining popularity around the world with trails in Australia, Africa, the Middle East and across Europe. Uniquely, the QuizTrail website allows users to create their own trails for free which can then be shared with others to follow on their iPhones.

Dan Snow explained, “Learning History from a book is great, but actually being able to get out and go to those amazing historic sites and learn whilst you are having fun is a brilliant concept – and that’s exactly what QuizTrail does – using the technology of today to learn about the people who created history right where you’re standing.”

The QuizTrail concept uses interactive mobile phone technology with an element of competition: ‘Trailseekers’ collect points by answering questions along the route and compete with each other to complete trails. Anyone can become a ‘Trailblazer’ by dropping pins onto a map using the GPS-enabled software and devising an engaging question at each waypoint. These could be trivia questions, cryptic challenges or objects to find, scavenger style.

Visit Winchester have created a number of themed trails to enable you to explore the diverse stories hidden in Winchester's past. Click on the tabs to the left hand side to find out more about them.

The app is only available on iOS devices: DOWNLOAD HERE

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'. There are three separate trails which build a picture of King Alfred's Winchester; the heart of ancient Winchester, the Upper City and Alfred's final journey.

Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the history of Winchester.

This trails are also available as a hard copy from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre. 

Winchester has an important Jewish past.

The earliest record of Jews in the city date to the mid- 1100s, making it one of the earliest, largest and wealthiest Jewish settlements in England. Although fascinating, the story is little known.

This trail has been created to bring the narrative to life. Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the Jewish history in Winchester.

This trail is also available as a hard copy from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre. 

A romantic walk through picturesque Winchester.

This popular self-guided walk takes you off the beaten track through historic eastern Winchester and up St Giles Hill, a tranquil spot with superb views across the city - an idyllic setting for a picnic or a twilight stroll. Stroll along the Weirs and enjoy the floral displays in Abbey Gardens. The walk passes some of the city's oldest buildings and most exquisite scenes - don't forget your camera.

Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the beautiful scenery of Winchester.

This trail is also available as a hard copy from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre. 

Enjoy a self-guided walk in the poet's footsteps from the city to St Cross, passing through the landscape which inspired his famous ode 'To Autumn'.

Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the literary history in Winchester.

This trail is also available as a hard copy from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre. 

The battle of Cheriton was a major turning point in the English Civil War and resulted in an important Parliamentarian victory that helped shape the future of England.

Follow this trail that sets out from the Parliamentarian camp at Hinton Ampner and embark on the walk taken by the troops on 29 March 1644 to the Cheriton Battlefield.

Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the military history in Winchester.

This trail will soon be available from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

Winchester has been a focus for royal activity and patronage since the Early Middle Ages.

This trail will guide you around Winchester, making connections between the particular places in the city which have featured in royal visits and events from the Saxon era to the present day.

Download the app now on your Apple smart phone and explore the royal history of Winchester.

This trail will soon be available from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

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