Calm, collegiate Winchester is a mellow must-see for all visitors. The past still echoes strongly around the flint-flecked walls of this venerable cathedral city. It was the capital of Saxon kings and a power base of bishops, and its statues and sights evoke two of England's mightiest myth-makers: Alfred the Great and King Arthur (of the round table). Winchester's architecture is exquisite, from the handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings in the narrow winding streets, to the wondrous cathedral at its core. Thanks to its location, tucked into a valley of the River Itchen, you can stroll charming waterside trails, and the city marks the beginning of the beautiful South Downs Way.