Tours of the Great Hall and a city walking tour
20.11.2018 - 22.11.2018 40 °F
We’d planned to go to Stonehenge and Avebury today, as it appeared on the map to be closer to Winchester than London. I looked up tickets and could not find an easy way to get to both places, so we decided to put that off until next week when we can easily do a day trip.
We decided that we’d finish up the sites in Winchester that we did not have time to do before. 1st up was a visit and tour of the Great Hall. We were in there for the trial but we didn’t have a chance to really see the hall.
I saw that there was a tour at 11am. We left quickly, caught the 10:23 bus then walked up the hill to the hall. The hall is thru the downtown area then up a hill about a 15 min walk. We arrived in time for the tour. It is always amazing to me to walk through something from so long ago.
We wanted to do the walking tour out of the Visitor’s Center at 2:30 and thought we’d stop for some hot tea to warm up. It was really cold and raining. As we were walking we saw a tea shop and I thought it might be fun to take some home. There were lots of steaming hot samples of tea so we sampled all available. We even bought some.
There was a steady rain when we got down to the Visitor’s Center but we signed up for the 1-1/2 hour walk. City lead walks are usually a good way to learn about the city and this was no different. The guide showed us among other things: walls, probably 1,000 years old and an entry used by King Charles the 2nd to get to his mistress when staying in the city. A quote from the mistress that Dale and I love ““Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore” https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Nell-Gwyn-Gwynne/
The photo of Queen Emma's house. She died in 1036
After another steaming hot pie we were tired, picked up another bottle of wine and went back to our hotel.