Flights to Winchester
The county town of Hampshire in southern England is Winchester, an attractive and historic city set within the English countryside. Winchester has many historical landmarks, making this a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
The Southampton Airport (airport code: SOU) is a short train ride from Winchester, and served by a few major airlines when coming from Johannesburg. A one-stop flight to Winchester with Air France will make a connection in Paris, and the other flights all have 2 stops. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic take the same route, stopping in London and then Manchester, but because Manchester is so far out of the way you might want to consider travelling from London by train instead. Most flights to Winchester will take around 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Winchester:
Like many of the UK’s cities Winchester features a grand cathedral which serves as the city’s main landmark and focus of many visitor to Winchester. Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the country and it does have the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in the whole of Europe. Officially the cathedral is known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, and of St Peter and St Paul and of St Swithun, but with such a long name Winchester Cathedral is more commonly used!
Construction on Winchester Cathedral began in 1079 and was completed in 1093, and since then there have been changes, additions and alterations. Today one of the most popular things that attracts the tourists to Winchester Cathedral is its association with the famous British novelist Jane Austen. Austen lived in the area and died in Winchester. She is buried within the cathedral.
Once a magnificent castle only the Great Hall of Winchester Castle remains today but it’s still impressive all the same. The Great Hall was built in the 1200’s by Henry III who added it to the existing castle structure that dated from the 1000’s. Today the Great Hall houses a museum with exhibits on the history of Winchester and an imitation Arthurian Round Table.
Another castle in Winchester is Wolvesey Castle and this one is in ruins. It was built between 1130 and 1140 and during its time it has been a very important building.
Winchester City Mill
Another historical building is Winchester City Mill. This is an old water mill that has been restored and is now run for visitors to see how it works and get a close up look at the mill from water level.
Staying in Winchester you get to see the sights of the city itself but it’s also a great base for exploring some of Hampshire’s many beautiful little villages. There are numerous associations with Jane Austen to be found. She was born in the village of Steventon in Hampshire and lived here for most of her life.
When Should You Visit?:
With its southerly location Winchester has a mild climate that can be warmer than many other UK cities. Rainfall is about average for the UK while sunshine hours are above average and if you visit during the summer you should get warm weather, good enough for enjoying walks and exploring Winchester on foot. Between May and September are considered the bets times to visit though winters are mild too so it’s possible to visi at this time of the year.