According to a recent survey*, Winchester is the best place to live in the UK. Thanks to its proximity to Southampton it’s also an ideal pre or post-cruise stop
Whether travelling from Birmingham, Bradford, Blackpool or Basildon, 99 per cent of cruise passengers driving to Southampton will directly pass the city of Winchester, making it an ideal place to stop overnight before cruising out of Southampton.
If there was an award-winning four-star hotel in Winchester, situated just five minutes from the M3 and 30 minutes from the Southampton Cruise Terminals, offering parking for up to 28 days, transfers to and from Southampton and a great night’s sleep followed by a fantastic breakfast wouldn’t it be perfect for your customers? Wouldn’t they love to start their cruise early with a day exploring Winchester and all it has to offer? Wouldn’t they love to let someone else take them to their ship already rested and relaxed?
If your answer is “yes”, you need to book them a room at the four-star Holiday Inn Winchester. With 141 air-conditioned spacious bedrooms there is a room type for everyone. Generously sized double or twin bedrooms perfect for couples and friends, larger family rooms with two double beds and additional space for a cot or z bed, accessible rooms with wet rooms for those with additional mobility requirements and, of course, the luxury suite. Each room is en suite and offers free wi-fi, toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen televisions, iron and ironing board and hairdryer.
Explore England’s ancient capital
The highlight of the package is the ability to explore Winchester itself –
a city steeped in history and packed with historic buildings, monuments and museums. Guests can drop off their bags at the hotel and take the short bus journey from the end of the hotel’s drive to King Alfred’s Statue near the Guildhall – a great starting point for exploring this magnificent city which is popular with historians and tourists alike.
A visit to the world-famous Winchester Cathedral is a must – with its hidden treasures and spectacular architecture. Take a walk down the longest medieval nave in Europe and you will find yourself alongside the
tombs of Jane Austen and Izaak Walton as well as
St Swithun and several of the early English kings.
We highly recommend a guided tour of Winchester College – founded by Bishop William of Wykeham and believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country.
Winchester is also famous for its legendary Arthurian Round Table. A striking sight, the table has been housed for over 700 years in the incredible 13th century Great Hall.
If your clients prefer to shop, Winchester has a wonderful array of high street and boutique shops. Here you can find everything from jewellery and lingerie, to shoes and gifts and mixed among these are fantastic tea rooms – the perfect way to rest those tired feet!
For those wanting to explore Winchester in a more leisurely manner, stroll along the river and
out to the water meadows and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of Keats – his inspiration behind the famous poem To Autumn. From here the beautiful Hampshire countryside
can be truly appreciated in the tranquil peace and quiet.
Relax and dine
After your clients have taken time to enjoy Winchester, they can return to the hotel, check in and wander downstairs to the bar, lounge, restaurant and outdoor terrace. The hotel offers a number of dining options from 24-hour room service to the all-day bar and lounge menu and a full à la carte menu served in the two AA Rosette rated Morn Hill Brasserie. The hotel prides itself on
its locally sourced ingredients, so they won’t be surprised to find sausages made by local butchers The Hog Shack, Hampshire saddle of lamb,
cod battered in local Hampshire brewed beer and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight cheeseboard all featured on the menu. There are a number of mouth-watering options all cooked fresh to order by our head chef and his award-winning team.
After a great night’s sleep, your clients are guaranteed to awake feeling refreshed and ready to join us for full English breakfast. Here they can choose from eggs and bacon, hash browns and sausages, cereals and muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt, pastries and fresh bread, continental meats and cheeses and, of course, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Items can also be made to order such as pancakes, omelettes, poached eggs
to name a few.
After breakfast, guests can either retire to their bedroom until check-out at 11am, or relax in the lounge while awaiting their transfer. This will then arrive in plenty of time to deliver them and their luggage safely to the cruise ship – no stress, no hassle and no sat nav! And don’t worry about the return transfer as that is covered, too.