Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and the various battles fought throughout history at Winchester’s six Military Museums.
Be inspired by stories of heroic acts and selflessness in the face of the enemy and see the largest collection of Victoria Crosses outside of London in Winchester's Military Quarter. At the Gurkha Museum you can find out why the Kukri knife’s design made it an effective weapon, or in the adjacent Guardroom Museum, peer into a military detention cell. History buffs will find plenty to delve into, while children can be inspired by tales of bravery and dress up opportunities.
One of the most prized items in the museum is a War Department Driving Permit that once belonged to the Queen. The Baker Rifle range is another favourite, particularly among the young, who relish the opportunity to fire at realistic targets using a laser-fitted, replica Baker rifle. You can also peer into the cupboard in which Trooper Patrick Fowler spent three years hiding from the Germans during the First World War.
After exploring the six on-site museums, stop by Copper Joes Cafe for light nibbles and tea before continuing your adventure into Winchester.
A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.