Tour commences outside the front of Serle's House, Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9EG
Join local architect Huw Thomas on his Peninsula Barracks' tour & discover the history behind this 5acre site. Huw will regale you with tales of executions, ghosts, mass graves, bloody 13th century battles, & his very own battle to save the site. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
This hugely popular walking tour of the Peninsula Barracks, the five-acre historic site in the centre of the city, returns for 2018. Led by local architect Huw Thomas, Winchester’s award-winning architect, this is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about Huw's instrumental role in preserving the site from demolition.
The story, however, is not just about buildings and preservation from the bulldozers. It’s a tale of executions, ghosts, mass graves, bloody 13th century battles and much more besides. It mirrors centuries of British history – the Romans, Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Henry III, Simon de Montfort, Henry V, Cromwell, Charles II, James II with Sir Christopher Wren and Florence Nightingale in the mix for good measure.
Then there’s the battle with the MOD and local authorities in Hampshire – the battle Huw Thomas fought and won.
● Saturday 15 September: 1400
● Sunday 16 September: 1400
Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked.
Some of the paths are steep, and on gravel.
Max 30 people per tour/session. Walk takes 1 hour. Refreshments can be purchased at the end of the tour from the cafe located within the Peninsula Barracks.
Meet by the gate to the gardens of Serles House on Southgate Street.