Hear the Talk - Do the Walk

On Sunday (18 March) Winchester Tourist Guide, Tony Newing, will be leading a walk around the former centre of royal power in Winchester.

He will be telling the story of the site of Winchester Castle, especially concentrating on the days of Charles II, when the merry monarch commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build him an English "Versailles".

The story will unfold to show how the King's House was changed into army barracks, and how in the last century the whole site was transformed into desirable residences.

This guided walk has been organised in association with Winchester City Council Museum

Service's lecture by Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage. He will be giving a talk on Charles II: Winchester or Newmarket - Search for a Country House at Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday evening (14 March - 7.30pm).

The walk starts at 3pm at the Romsey Road entrance to Peninsula Square. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults and £1 for children. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

It is advisable to book in advance from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre in the Guildhall but tickets can be bought on the day from the guide if still available. Telephone 01962 840 500 or email tourism@winchester.gov.uk.

The full 2007 programme of Winchester Tourist Guides' walks can be found at www.winchestertouristguides.com.