Only 60 miles away from London and just over one-hour train ride away, lies the city of Winchester known for its Cathedral. It is the perfect destination for a weekend trip. With a unique city like Winchester, which is simply so rich in English heritage and history, it is highly advisable that you enlist the expertise of a local tour guide. We got ours through the local tourist information centre.
What to Do – City Tour
The city of Winchester has many points of interest, Winchester’s world-famous Cathedral being the most eye-catching structure you simply cannot avoid. On my tour we learned about how King Alfred The Great was the figure responsible for introducing the educational system for children in England; whilst on the other hand, he was often being reprimanded by the church for trying to sneak about the town to spend time with his favourite Mistresses!
Winchester is also the final resting place of the infamous British female writer, Jane Austen, where she returned to Winchester to live in her last months of illness so that she could be closer to her most trusted doctor.
Our Tour Guide, David, was the most polite, passionate and knowledgeable gentleman we encountered during our stay. Without him, we simply would have missed the unnoticeable little treasures dotted all around Winchester. He told us about how the likes of James Bond Writer, Sir Ian Fleming, based the Spy’s character on a local gentleman he met and befriended whilst residing in Winchester.
Where to Stay – No. 5 Bridge Street
Located in the heart of historic Winchester Town, No.5 Bridge Street Bar, Kitchen & Rooms is a homely hotel and an ideal venue to relax, socialise and enjoy top quality food and drink whilst you plan your stay in Winchester.
The en-suite rooms are both stylish and comfortable and are designed to entice you into a state of calm – it didn’t take us long to unwind in these surroundings. The beds are unbelievably comfortable and don luxury soft Egyptian linen. The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard and the fluffy bath sheets and complimentary Temple Spa Toiletries really set it off.
The restaurant and bar is by far a popular destination for friendly locals, University students and visitors of Winchester. Sophie, the Duty Manager in charge during our stay, was so friendly and welcoming. There is a lot to be said for a venue where its staff members go that extra mile to make you feel right at home (even offering to deliver us ‘breakfast in bed’ on the Sunday morning)!
The seasonal menu at No.5 Bridge Street is also noteworthy for its variety and food quality. They make superb use of great local ingredients which helps create an exciting selection of modern classics. Be sure to sample a Bloody Mary at Sunday Brunch – you won’t be ordering just the one!
- Address: 5 Bridge St, Winchester SO23 0HN, UK
- Phone: +44 1962 863838