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Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019
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The medieval city of Winchester lies on the edge of the mighty South Downs National Park and is known for its jumble of Victorian, Georgian and Tudor buildings. They're strung along the narrow streets and the pretty tree-lined waterways that criss-cross through the city. At its core, a magnificent honey-coloured cathedral with spires and stained-glass windows towers up over neatly kept grounds. During the summer months, you can pick up local produce at the largest farmers' market in the country or enjoy a cold glass of fizz in elegant surroundings along the riverfront. During the winter, the exquisite museums and art galleries are the perfect place to while away the afternoons, while the ancient pubs with their cosy open fires are ideal for sheltering from the weather.
Whatever your budget, you're bound to find a Winchester bed and breakfast to suit your needs. There's a dizzying array to choose from. Expedia helps you refine the options, using filters like price and location, making it a breeze to find the perfect match. Some are housed in handsome terraced houses that still have period features, like fireplaces in each of the rooms. Others are in even older half-timbered Tudor properties where you can feel the centuries of history within their wattle and daub walls. Others still are snazzy new apartments with all the mod-cons of home. If you're looking to stay outside the city, there are several cosy cottages to choose from, placing you right in the heart of the South Downs. Alternatively, you can save your cash for the restaurants and attractions by staying in one of the budget B&Bs that dot the city and offer much more than just a place to lay your head.
Checking into a Winchester bed and breakfast is always a pleasure, thanks to the welcoming owners. They've always got their finger on the pulse of the goings-on in the city, so be sure to pick their brains for the best things to do and see during your stay. As you settle into your guestroom, you'll find all the facilities you might expect from a hotel. Think ensuite bathrooms stocked with toiletries, flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls and complimentary WiFi. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of tea while you admire the views over Winchester from your guestroom window. If you've got specific needs, Expedia helps you find them – from pet-friendly rooms to free parking spots for your car. After Winchester, consider catching the train to the bright lights of the capital and spending a few nights in one of the London bed and breakfasts.
There's a treasure trove of attractions to discover near your Winchester bed and breakfast. After admiring Winchester Cathedral, with its Romanesque walls and Gothic vaulted ceilings, you could visit the ruins of the 11th-century Winchester Castle, built by William the Conqueror. If you're a fan of the extraordinarily successful period drama, Downton Abbey, you'll surely recognise Highclere Castle, just outside town, which played a starring role in the hit TV series. You'll need most of the day to explore the interior and the almost 1,000-acre of parkland that surrounds it. If you're eager to see more architectural gems, the 14th-century Winchester College is well worth an afternoon, as is the Winchester City Mill, a rare water-powered urban corn mill. If you've brought the young ones, you shouldn't miss Marwell Zoo, a 140-acre site a few miles outside of the city that houses more than 1,200 critters, including rare white rhinos and oryx.