The capital of England for a time in the Saxon period, Winchester is one of the nation's most photogenic cities, featuring a high concentration of well-preserved historic landmarks dating back the medieval period. Winchester also has a wide range of hotels catering to different budgets, and is conveniently located just under an hour from central London by train.
A remarkable medieval landmark, Winchester Castle is approximately 800 years old and suffered extensive damage during the English Civil War, when it was a Royalist stronghold for a time.
Overlooked by magnificent Marwell Hall, a Grade I-Listed landmark that dates back to the 14th century and was remodelled in the Regency era, Marwell Zoo has thousands of animals represented by dozens of species. Occupying an area of 140 acres, it features many fun themed attractions such as the African Valley and Tropical World, and became a visitor attraction in 1972.
The Gurkha Museum
Learn about the tremendous role the Gurkhas have had in serving Britain and discover the story of the Army Gurkha Brigade. In 2015, this museum commemorated 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown by holding a major summer exhibition with 200 artefact illustrating Gurkha history.
Nearby is the deluxe Hotel du Vin & Bistro, the luxury Best Western Premier Collection Winchester Royal Hotel, and the value-for-money Holiday Inn Winchester near the outskirts of the city.
Another Grade I-Listed building, Winchester Cathedral has stood since Norman times and is acclaimed for its long nave. It was remodelled in the Gothic style later in the Middle Ages, and was an inspiration for the distinguished novelist Anthony Trollope, one of Britain's most celebrated 19th century literary figures.
The Winchester City Mill
A preserved water mill founded in the late 18th century, the Winchester City Mill is now managed by the National Trust. However, a mill has existed at this site since at least the Norman era, and the current building was in operation until the early 20th Century.
Whatever Winchester hotel you choose, you'll enjoy comfortable, elegantly designed rooms that will normally be equipped with WiFi for your convenience