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Winchester
Travel Guide

Winchester showing heritage architecture and a fountain

Winchester is a city steeped in history; located in Hampshire, it combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside.

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.

Norton Park
Norton Park
4 out of 5
Sutton Scotney, Winchester, England
The price is £71 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of North Wessex Downs, Bombay Sapphire Distillery and University of Winchester. Whitchurch ...
4/5Very Good! (671 reviews)
"Nice grounds, rooms ok, place is busy and low on staff. The staff that are there are generally friendly, talkative and try. Bartender was particuarly accomodating and lit a heater for us. Some guests had what seemed like long waits, and found service less helpful. Couldnt fit in treatments and hotel ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Norton Park
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Worthy Lane, Winchester, England
The price is £89 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in the heart of Winchester, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal Winchester and Winchester Cathedral. University of Winchester ...
4.1/5Very Good! (876 reviews)
"The staff were very friendly and the young lady who served us dinner on both nights was outstanding"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2021

The Winchester Hotel & Spa
Marwell Hotel
Marwell Hotel
3 out of 5
Thompson Lane, Winchester, England
The price is £79 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Marwell Zoo and within 9 miles (15 km) of Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground and University of Winchester. ...
3.8/5Good! (807 reviews)
Great family hotel
"The hotel was clean and very family friendly. We stayed to celebrate my son's 5th birthday and it was over the Halloween half term week so the hotel had decorations and a pumpkin hunt. We also got activity packs upon check in which were a lifesaver to entertain the kids during meal times. The hotel ..."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Marwell Hotel
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Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Shakespeare Road, 16, Portsmouth, ENG
Situated in Portsmouth, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fratton Park and Portsmouth International Port. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth ...
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Horseshoe Apartments
Horseshoe Apartments
1-3 Kings Rd, Portsmouth, ENG
Located in Southsea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect position in the city.
"Let’s get rid of the negative as the positives out way them. Dish cloth and toilet brush were dirty. Kitchen cupboard needs fixing. Now all the positives...the flat was in an excellent position in the city for the beach, city centre, old Portsmouth, gunwarf and the kings theatre. The flat was clean ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Horseshoe Apartments
Old Victory House
Old Victory House
3 out of 5
25 Ordnance Row, Portsmouth, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth ...
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
Top location with free parking
"Great location for the docks and shopping. Parking permit a bonus and room and shower room nice a clean."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Old Victory House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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