Winchester and the Watercress Line
Our tour explores the beautiful city and countryside that inspired Jane Austen with a railway journey along the Watercress Line. For added interest, we now include a visit to three of Winchester's Military Museums, telling the story of the British Army.
Winchester • Watercress Line Rail Journey • Milestones Museum • Military Museums
Day 1 Travel to your hotel in Winchester and enjoy a welcome drink prior to dinner.
Day 2 Spend the day in the fantastic city of Winchester. Begin with the Military Museums including the Royal Green Jackets Museum, the Regimental Museum of the King's Royal Hussars and the Gurkha Museum. The afternoon is free to visit the Great Hall, the City Museum and the Cathedral: the final resting place of Jane Austen (admissions not included).
Day 3 A full day excursion to the south coast. We recommend visits to either Bournemouth and the New Forest, or the maritime town of Portsmouth. Admission to the Historic Dockyard or Spinnaker Tower can be added for an extra charge.
Day 4 This morning's nostalgic visit is to Milestones Living History Museum with its old fashioned streets and displays of restored vehicles and items ordinary people used in the past. Also enjoy a "Home Front Happy Hour" talk from one of the costumed guides. In the afternoon, continue to the Georgian town of Alresford for the 10 mile journey on the Watercress Line to Alton. Available on selected dates.
Day 5 Homeward journey with a recommended stop in Oxford.
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Holiday Inn, Winchester
Built in 2010, this contemporary hotel is situated just 2 miles from Winchester. It offers a warm welcome to groups and, focusing on the leisure market, this is no standard Holiday Inn. The restaurant is building a good reputation and sources produce from local suppliers. Bedrooms are stylish with modern amenities and complimentary toiletries. There are several accessible and interconnecting rooms.
• 4 star • 141 bedrooms
• Lift • Coach Parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board in Winchester
• Porterage and Welcome Drink
• Rail journey from Alresford to Alton
• Admission to Winchester Military Museums
• Admission and Talk at Milestones Museum
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