24 Hours in Winchester, Hampshire

I used to live and work in Winchester (Hampshire, England) many years ago and it is somewhere I’ve always loved so when my hubby asked if I’d like to spend a couple of days there for our wedding anniversary I jumped at the chance…

We decided to spend the night at the hotel where we had held our wedding reception almost 15 years earlier – Langrish House Hotel, which is near Petersfield (about half an hour from Winchester by car). It’s an elegant country house with spacious grounds… unfortunately the weather wasn’t as good as it was 15 years ago so we didn’t spend too much time outside!

Langrish House Hotel

The rooms are individually decorated, comfortable and traditionally furnished and the breakfast was delicious – there was plenty of choice and it was freshly cooked to order.

Our bedroom

We spent most of the first day wandering around pretty Winchester… checking out the beautiful, old buildings and enjoying the good weather. Winchester High Street has so many nice shops, not to mention a wide variety of cafes, bars and restaurants (catering for all tastes and budgets) for when you need a break from shopping… it was a sunny day and the pavement cafes were doing a roaring trade. We sat in the beer garden at The Royal Oak (a regular haunt for us many years ago) and reminisced about our lives in Winchester….

Winchester High Street

Our next stop was the impressive Winchester Cathedral.  We didn’t go in as we had been in several times before but sat in the grounds admiring the architecture, eating a picnic lunch and catching a few rays (I didn’t realise quite how many rays I had caught until I got back to the hotel – oops!).

Winchester Cathedral

We headed out of Winchester and went for dinner at The Flower Pots – a pub in the village of Cheriton, which we used to visit when we lived there – conveniently, it happened to have a curry night on the night we went! It hadn’t changed a bit – it was still as cosy and welcoming as I remembered. After a filling meal, we returned to Langrish House and sat in the pretty lounge with a glass of wine… what a lovely way to end the evening!

The lounge at Langrish House

The next day we headed out to the Winchester Water Meadows.  It’s a lovely walk, very close to the city centre. On your way there, you can admire the ornate, old buildings behind Winchester Cathedral, including those of Winchester College, and see the house where Jane Austin ended her days…

Winchester Water Meadows

After a pleasant walk, we stood watching the swans on the River Itchen and looking for fish for a while before heading back into town…

Swans enjoying the Water Meadows

We finished off our day with a takeaway coffee in the Cathedral grounds, before heading home after a thoroughly relaxing 24 hours in picturesque Winchester…

Have you ever been? If not, I recommend a visit – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Travelling!

Kate 

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32 thoughts on “24 Hours in Winchester, Hampshire

  1. That area looks so gorgeous and relaxing! The only city I’ve been to in England is London and we were only there for two days. I’d love to go back and visit more of the country and see more of London at the same time. The cathedrals always look so magnificent!

    1. Hampshire is lovely – it’s so picturesque!
      There is so much to see and do in London – I love going (we’re only an hour away)… Hope you get to come back and visit soon!
      Kate x

    1. I’m very lucky I know – there are lots of great places to visit within a couple of hours of where I live… I’m sure the Midwest is lovely too!
      Kate x

    1. I know – it’s lovely! Photos rarely do a place justice I find… you have to experience it for yourself!
      Kate x

  2. Wow, this place looks amazing! 24 hours I would not think would not be enough time to explore everything. So glad you at least got to experience it!

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