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We stayed in Winchester for seven days of which only two were spent on trips away from the city.
I would strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the Official Visitor's Guide. This has a lot of very useful information and a folded map sheet at the back which we found invaluable especially the street plan of the city centre. We would have been lost without it (no pun intended). The map sheet is perforated so that it can be torn out easily without damaging it. The guide is free and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in the High Street or you can ask them to send you one by post so that you can plan ahead (Contact details at bottom of page).
A lot of the roads in the city centre are one-way. We found that, using the city centre plan mentioned above, we were able to navigate to and from our hotel easily enough and that the traffic was really not too bad.
There is so much to see here - historic buildings, riverside walks, wildlife and the countryside of St. Catherine's Hill within easy walking distance.
We saw a number of the Banded Demoiselle (Agrion splendens) flying over one of the numerous streams. This is a damsel fly (like a small dragonfly) which is a brilliant metallic blue having clear wings with a large blue patch on each and a rather weak flight. I could easily imagine sightings of these giving rise to tales of fairies.
We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly on what was our first visit to Winchester and would certainly go again.
Hampshire S023 9LJ
Telephone (from UK): 01962 840500 ( from Overseas): 44 1962 840500