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It has that small, market-town feel, with a very walkable historic centre and plenty of green spaces, river walks, interesting artisan shops and great places to eat.
With bed & breakfasts and popular boutique hotels, Winchester has a variety of accommodation for you to enjoy, each offering their own unique holiday experience.
Winchester Cathedral has stood for nearly a millennia. There are few that won’t be wowed by this imposing gothic structure or its incredible, intricate interior. The manuscript library is an interesting place to stop by where old illustrated texts are on view. There is also a plaque to Jane Austen for you to look out for as you pass through the cathedral.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen, retrace her footsteps in a circular walking trail from Chawton to Farringdon. Visit the nearby market town of Alton where Jane visited often with her sister.
If museums are your thing you will not be disappointed with Winchester, what with it having five military museums all situated on a historic site close to the city centre of Winchester. Each Museum is a must for the history buffs amongst you; the Battle of Waterloo is explained in full at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, offering clear insight into the experience of the average soldier of that era.
Take the family to nearby Marwell Zoo a wonderful place to visit. There is a great selection of animals on view here, with everything from tigers down to penguins. With keepers happy to talk with guests about their charge it makes for an enjoyable educational experience.
The remains of Wolvesey Castle provide a pleasant adventure when exploring Winchester. Although in ruins there is enough stonework and descriptive text as you walk around to provide you with insight into what the castle was like many years ago.
Take a day trip to the South Hampshire coastline and pay a visit to the seaside towns of Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth. Here you will find a both artistic and historical attractions along its coastline. Many country parks border the shoreline and offer scenic views, such as Manor Farm Country Park on the Hamble River and Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey.
The coastal nature reserve at Titchfield Haven provide tranquillity for birdwatchers and walkers while Hampshire's role in the D-Day invasions can be seen in the remnants of the mulberry harbours at Lepe and Hayling Island.
Located in the heart of Winchester, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal Winchester, Winchester Cathedral, and Great Hall. Westgate Museum and Winchester Guildhall are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Colden Common hotel is located in a rural location, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Marwell Zoo, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre and Winchester Cathedral. Great Hall and Manor Farm Country Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Winchester, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal Winchester, Great Hall, and Winchester Cathedral. Westgate Museum and Gurkha Museum Winchester are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Winchester, this hotel is steps from Winchester Guildhall and Winchester Cathedral. Great Hall is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.
Located in the heart of Winchester, this romantic hotel is steps from Queen Eleanors Garden and Great Hall. Winchester Cathedral is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) away.
Situated in Itchen Valley, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Winnall Moors Nature Reserve, Great Hall, and Winchester Cathedral. Winchester City Mill and Winchester Guildhall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Whitchurch Silk Mill, Great Hall, and St Mary's Church. Gurkha Museum Winchester and Royal Green Jackets Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Sutton Scotney, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Great Hall, Winchester Cathedral, and Gurkha Museum Winchester. Royal Green Jackets Museum and Queen Eleanors Garden are also within 9 mi (15 km).