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Winchester, England 72-Hour Vacation

The World of Winchester
From the Cathedral to Watercress

Trout Inn
Trout Inn


George Bush, Sr., comes here to fish, so you too might try your hand at the sport. Contact the local experts at Fishing Breaks. Looking after over 35 miles of top river and lake fishing, the company caters for both the beginner and the skilled fisherman. Equipment and excellent personal tuition are on offer and you can arrange a half day or an overnight package.

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Still on the fishy theme, book for lunch at the Trout Inn at Itchen Abbas, where Charles Kingsley stayed and wrote The Water-Babies. A few yards from the River Itchen, the pub offers the local specialty (trout, of course) as well as other homemade, simple dishes.

This is grown-up stuff but there are plenty of other attractions. Nearby Marwell Zoological Park at Colden Common caters to families. It's a delightful zoo with more than 200 species of animals and birds. Above all, it is concerned with conservation, and while news that it has sent lizards bred here to the New Forest to repopulate the area might not be breaking world news stuff, it does help us save the planet. Marwell Hotel, right at the entrance to the Zoo, is built to resemble a lodge in an African game park. The added attraction of the sounds of the wild at night makes it a popular, no-nonsense hotel for families.

For more information, visit the Winchester Tourist Information Centre at


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* Winchester Cathedral image courtesy of Winchester City Council

(Updated: 03/31/09 SG)

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