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Sightseeing in Winchester England

Tours of the Great Hall and a city walking tour

rain 40 °F
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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.
https://www.wessexscene.co.uk/magazine/2015/02/23/legendary-winchester-king-arthurs-round-table/
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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/

https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/emma-of-normandy/emma-normandy-twice-queen-england/
The photo of Queen Emma's house. She died in 1036
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After another steaming hot pie we were tired, picked up another bottle of wine and went back to our hotel.

Posted by Miss Chris 02:43 Archived in England Tagged winchester england walking travel international_travel great_hall queen_emma Comments (0)

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