Our third day took us to the city of Kings and Priests- Winchester! It was established more than 2000 years ago and was England’s ancient capital during the reign of King Alfred.
The Cathedral was jaw-dropping; the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe and with an outstanding ceiling it meant that the best views were from lying down on the floor and looking up at the extraordinary architecture. We also viewed the crypt where “Diver Bill” had spent 6 years preventing the cathedral from falling down. We also saw the Antony Gormley sculpture ‘Sound II’ which stands in the crypt and was another sight to behold.
Afterwards we wandered past Winchester College which William of Wykeham founded in 1383 and once more it was an impressively beautiful sight. This led us to the ruins of Wolvesey Castle which were great fun to explore! The final activity involved shopping!! (And experiencing some Winchester culture of course!) The quaint high street had numerous independent shops and some delightful street food which the students really enjoyed looking around. On our return to Wellington we ventured out to the ‘Rockies’ to play some volleyball, football and ultimate frisbee. Day 3 was fantastic and it’s now time for the first on campus day!