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- Posted:Friday, September 4, 2009
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Backpacking historians head to Winchester
Fort Nelson, for example, is open to the public for free guided tours - something not usually put on - so that people can see the officers' mess and the normally-closed west tunnel and watch guns being fired by the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers. The fort has been around since the 1860s and is home to the national collection of over 350 cannons and other big guns that date from more than 600 years ago.
While there, you might notice something strange about the architecture of the building - it could strike some of you more observant people that the fort's defences are pointed inland as opposed to out at sea but, I assure you, this was done deliberately in order to protect the building from attacks over land. Unfortunately for the construction crew, the fortress wasn't attacked until the second world war and then it was bombed from the air, so it was all in vain.
If that doesn't appeal, the legend of the Knights of the Round Table might. Winchester is also home to the Great Hall - the last remaining vestige of Winchester Castle - which holds a copy of the legendary Arthurian round table.