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Destination:

Port/City: Southampton, England

Activity Type:
Sightseeing and/or City Tours

Approximate Duration:
4 hour(s)

Prices starting from:
*49.00 USD (Adult)
*29.00 USD (Child)
*0.00 USD (Infant)
     

Restrictions:  N/A

Important Port/City Information

Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your Royal Caribbean International Shore Excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your Shore Excursions on board; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your tour director on the land portion of your Cruisetour.

*Prices shown above are representative. Dates, times, and prices are subject to change and may not be available for your sailing. To purchase a Royal Caribbean International Shore Excursion, you must already have a reservation number for a cruise and have made a payment towards that reservation. Shore Excursions must be purchased in the same currency as your cruise reservation. Exchange rates are determined by a competitive pricing program and may be subject to change without notice. All monetary exchanges onboard are processed in U.S. Dollars directly to your SeaPass® onboard charge account unless otherwise specified.
Shore Excursions
Winchester & Shopping - SU37

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Overview
If one place lies at the centre of English history and embodies the romantic vision of an English heartland, it is Winchester. Your visit to Winchester will take you first to the Cathedral, considered to be one of the world`s great buildings. Winchester also has great opportunities for shopping connoisseurs. There is a tempting array of independent shops, boutiques and galleries in scenic settings together with larger well-known brand stores. The city`s compact friendly streets are perfect for browsing and exploring amongst the attractive range of merchandise

Highlights:
- Free time in delightful Winchester
- Visit the famous and stunning Winchester Cathedral

Full Description
If one place lies at the centre of English history and embodies the romantic vision of an English heartland, it is Winchester – a beautiful city surrounded by water meadows and rolling chalk downland. Our visit to Winchester will take us first to the Cathedral which has its origins in the 7th century when a Christian Church was first built on this site. Since then it has played a fundamental part in the life of this ancient city and a role in English history.
 
The current building, begun in 1079 in the Romanesque style is at the heart of a diocese which once stretched from London`s Thames to the Channel Islands. Its bishops were men of enormous wealth and power, none more so than William of Wykeham, twice Chancellor of England. These influential bishops also developed, re-fashioned and adorned this great Cathedral. Pilgrims sought the shrine of local saints, notably a former bishop, Saint Swithun, whose festival was said to set the pattern for the weather for the next forty days. The Cathedral was also the church of the community of Benedictine monks from its earliest days. Elements of the monastic buildings may still be traced through the Cathedral Close.
 
Winchester Cathedral is considered to be one of the world`s great buildings and our visit enables us to enjoy a unique experience of sacred architecture and art as well as an introduction to an important facet of English history. Evensong still takes place daily in the choir of the Cathedral, and our tour will show us the choir stalls with their magnificent gabled canopies, elaborately carved with flowers and plants, owls and monkeys, dragons, knights and green men.
We then have the opportunity to explore the centre of this ancient and royal city, which still resounds to the echoes of its famous history. This was the heart of Alfred the Great`s famed Kingdom of Wessex, and original home of William the Conqueror`s great Domesday Book. You may also care to pay an independent visit to the finest of all 13th century halls, with the greatest symbol of medieval mythology , `The Round Table of King Arthur`. The celebrated Round Table hangs in King Henry VIII`s Great Hall at the Castle, where also Walter Raleigh was tried and sentenced to death.
 
Winchester also has great opportunities for shopping connoisseurs. There is a tempting array of independent shops, boutiques and galleries in scenic settings together with larger well-known brand stores. The city`s compact friendly streets are perfect for browsing and exploring amongst the attractive range of merchandise.


What to Bring:
- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Camera and cash for shopping (most local shops accept British Sterling, some accept major credit cards).

What to Wear:
- Warm, layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes.
- Raingear in case of inclement weather.


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