Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. You’ll need some good shoes, because it’s massive, you might even find you just can’t fit it all in on one day. When the kids were small, I used to have a season ticket, but guessing you’re from further afield, adult admission is £20 in the Summer and £15 in the Winter, and family of four £69/£49 – as of March 2018. We’re looking forward to the Tropical House that is opening at Easter, think Eden Project with birds, fish, reptiles and sloths. Don’t miss out the penguin enclosure and the giraffes are a real favourite too.

The Ancient City of Winchester

The obvious attraction for Winchester is the history, witnessed through the amazing Cathedral, the old parts of town, the Westgate and Kingsgate. Winchester City Mill and The Hospital of St.Cross. I’m happy to provide Guests with a map with a circular map from the B&B or The Prince of Wales Apartment. This will take you past the cathedral, the City Mill, the River Itchen, Woversley Palace, Winchester College, Jane Austen’s House St. Cross Hospital and the Meadows. With a bit of history and plenty of info about the best hostelries to call in en route, the route can be done in an few hours, or take all day soaking up the atmosphere. And if you’re feeling energetic you can take in St.Catherines Hill. Check out Saskia’s Winchester map marking most of the landmarks in the city.

Other things to see and do

In the Brooks Shopping Centre you can hire bikes for an afternoon to a week.bespokebiking.com/bikehire But you really need to book. If they are closed they’ll arrange a drop off point and volia! You have the loads of cycling trails opened up to you. http://www.mapmyride.com/gb/winchester-eng/   Minutes from the B&B or the Prince of Wales is the Theatre Royal https://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/whats-on/ Check this out ahead of your visit, they get really booked up. Next door to that is The Discovery Centre

http://www. hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/the-gallery-at-winchester-discovery-centre . I’m always really impressed by the  exhibitions they put on.

A little further afield is https://www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/ – not quite on the doorstep, but only one stop on the train or a 10 minute drive, The Point in Eastleigh puts on some amazing contemporary dance.

 

Winchester is fantastic, both the B&B and The Prince of Wales apartment are really central,  so we have loads of restaurants and shops and a city steeped in culture, but you only have to walk 10 minutes to be out in the countryside. I just know you’ll love Winchester and all it has to offer.

 

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