Home of the Round Table and Great Kings of England, there are many things to do in Winchester, making it a fantastic destination for a UK short break. Visit the many quirky shops in the city, or take in one of the museums such as The Great Hall or The Military Museum. You can’t have a holiday in Winchester without admiring the stunning architecture of Winchester Cathedral or visiting one of the many exquisite villages which surround the city. And for those who enjoy the great outdoors, take a trip to the seemingly unending countryside of the South Downs National Park, and to Stonehenge, one of the most mystifying icons of the world. Add to this the tranquil atmosphere and secluded location of your recently-renovated hotel, and this break will undoubtedly leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
4 nights in Winchester (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Winchester Royal Hotel (4T), located in the heart of Winchester. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm, where you spend the remaining afternoon at leisure. Relax and enjoy an included dinner tonight.
Day 2 Salisbury - Stonehenge
After breakfast, we have an included full-day excursion, starting with a guided tour of historic Salisbury, a delightful medieval city with timbered buildings and Gothic cathedral. We continue to the iconic Stonehenge - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - where we have an audio tour. We can only speculate about who built it, when, and how the enormous sarsen and bluestones were raised to form this unique monument, and of the true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation that has been lost in the mists of time. We return to the hotel.
Day 3 Lyndhurst - Winchester
After breakfast we journey to charming Lyndhurst, known as the capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079. Kings and queens have visited the village throughout the centuries and, with time to explore at leisure, maybe visit the New Forest Museum for an insight into its natural and royal heritage. We return to the hotel for the remainder of the day. The lively, bustling atmosphere within Winchester’s compact, pedestrian-friendly streets make the perfect place for a lazy afternoon’s wandering. Explore the medieval streets and you’ll find yourself at the only remains of Winchester Castle - The Great Hall, which contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology - King Arthur's Round Table. For those interested in military history, there are an array of museums including Horsepower and The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum. The city is also a shopper’s paradise with a tempting array of independent shops, art galleries and colourful markets in scenic settings - a refreshing alternative to the large-scale malls found in other cities. Perhaps browse through the Kings Walk Antique Market or peruse the boutiques in one of Winchester’s most attractive corners - the Square. Don’t miss the 16th Century streets in the Constabulary for fine handcrafted jewellery.
Day 4 Chawton - Selborne
We depart, after breakfast, for Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, where she produced her novels. In Selborne, we visit the house of pioneering 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, where we also learn about the fascinating life and travels of Frank Oates, one of the first Europeans to explore Africa and the Americas, and Captain Lawrence Oates, who travelled with Captain Scott to discover the South Pole. You might like to walk around the delightful gardens and through the park to see the follies, or take tea in the parlour. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Day 5 Winchester
You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
The character of this charming 16th century hotel has recently been brought back to life after a multi-million pound refurbishment and restoration project. The hotel has an ideal location in the town centre and boasts a ‘secret garden’ - a private walled garden, offering a secluded, peaceful environment. There are 81 en suite rooms, with TV, radio, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, and an iron and ironing board available upon request. Other facilities include Conservatory Restaurant and a Lounge Bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.