By Jessica Howell
Winchester
United Kingdom
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While most people picture Big Ben and Buckingham Palace when they think of the United Kingdom, there is much more to the UK than exploring the bustling London metropolis.  If you always dream of pristine gardens, sprawling emerald meadows, and quaint English villages, then EscapeWizard.com recommends Winchester, United Kingdom for your next vacation destination.

Located just 50 miles from exciting London, Winchester allows travelers to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the English countryside, yet still have access to the typical tourist attractions so many seek.  To get to this quiet English hamlet, travelers must journey the 50 miles from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) via car, bus, or train.  Click the following link to book your flight today:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  EscapeWizard.com can also assist with your accommodation needs.  Click on the following link to browse our selection of hotels in Winchester (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Whether you are visiting Winchester for the historic attractions or just escape the daily grind, this small town has something for everyone.  No matter where your interests lie, you cannot visit Winchester without seeing The Great Hall and King Arthur’s Round Table.  While everyone has heard of the legendary King Arthur, you will be one of the lucky few that have actually laid eyes on his famous round table.  Arthur’s Round Table is housed in The Great Hall, one of the only surviving parts of what used to be Winchester Castle.  Admission to The Great Hall can be purchased for a small fee and is open year around with the exception of Christmas.

Another must see while in Winchester is the stunning Winchester Cathedral.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral.  Gaze at 12-century wall paintings and intricate medieval carvings, along with contemporary art and the coveted Winchester Bible.  Before you leave this worth-while attraction, you have to take a long lunch at The Cathedral Café, which is said to be one of the best tea-spots around.  Tickets and tours can be purchased for nominal fees.

After exploring Winchester’s most popular historic attractions, EscapeWizard.com suggests that you switch gears and fast forward to the future.  Go where no man has gone before as you drift through the universe at the INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium.  The largest planetarium in the UK, the INTECH Science Centre’s state of the art digital theatre presentations are sure to show you the universe in a way you have never seen it before. 

If you prefer novels over supernovas, then a visit to Jane Austen’s House is right up your alley.  Located just 17 miles outside of Winchester, you can visit the same rooms in which Austen wrote some of her best and most popular work.  Become inspired as you travel from room to room in this beautiful 18th century house and admire the grounds of this stunning estate. 
No one can visit the English countryside without taking a leisurely picnic or two in a quiet corner of the garden or in the middle of a quiet meadow.  That is why EscapeWizard.com invites you to pack a delicious picnic lunch and spend a few hours lounging on blanket atop bed of soft green grass.  Although there are a number of places to enjoy the perfect picnic, here are a couple of the best gardens Winchester has to offer.  Perhaps the most beautiful estate you will see in Winchester is Houghton Lodge Gardens.  A haven of peace and tranquility, Houghton Lodge Gardens is set on 14 acres of rolling green hills and unspoiled meadows hugging the River Test.  Wickham Vineyard is the perfect backdrop for a lazy day sipping on local wine and sunbathing on a blanket with that someone special.  Most estate gardens charge a small admission fee but it is well worth the price if you are looking for a beautiful place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

While visiting Winchester you must dedicate some time to frequenting the local restaurants and pubs.  Winchester is home to a number of award-winning pubs and restaurants, serving up some of the best cuisine around.  Once you have explored the culinary options in the city, venture out into the countryside for a complete gourmet experience. 

Now close your eyes.  Can you see yourself lounging in a picturesque garden, sipping on a glass of wine, or enjoying a pint in one of the city’s best pubs?  If you can imagine yourself there with a smile on your face, then Winchester, UK is the perfect destination for your next vacation.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to click the following link to start booking your vacation today:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).   
Hotels in Winchester
By Angela M. Davis
Holiday Inn Winchester
Telegraph Way Morn Hill, Winchester, United Kingdom
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Looking for ‘next generation’ amenities on a budget?  The Winchester Holiday Inn has you covered with top-of-the-line features that are sure to satisfy corporate events, seminars and tech savvy weekenders. Nestled is the pastures of Hampshire, the Holiday Inn Winchester is an hour from London  and 15 minutes away from Southampton Airport.

Think steel, concrete, glass and modern angles in the middle of an expansive green space. You’ll easily spot Winchester Holiday Inn just off the M3 motorway. Check-in at 3 p.m. and pass the Scandinavian style sofas, airy high ceilings and casual social spaces of the Lobby.

Interior suites at The Holiday Inn Winchester have a minimalist design in sizes ranging from “Guest” to “Executive”.  Larger suites offer sleeping, living and dining areas. The facility also has 8 strategically located rooms for patrons with physical restrictions. The contemporary quarters at The Holiday Inn Winchester offer Twin and Queen size beds with double occupancy options.

Walk to the INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium where hundreds of activities await you. Nature lovers can explore the nearby hiking and biking trails of South Downs National Park. The Great Hall at Winchester Castle is a ‘must see’ historical site less than ½ a mile away.

Guests can access 8 meeting rooms with built-in PA systems and an event coordinator (if necessary).  Savor locally grown produce cooked in classic English and European dishes at the Winchester’s on site restaurant, then unwind at the bar and lounge area. Be sure to take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary parking, and Wi-Fi (for an additional fee) before you check out at 11 a.m.

Whether you’re looking for a restful vacation in the English countryside or organizing a business retreat, keep The Holiday Inn Winchester on your short list. Plan your next corporate event, seminar or mini-break at the high-tech Holiday Inn Winchester today. For more details and booking information click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).