Winchester & Portsmouth’s Historic Naval Dockyard

Staying at The 4* Norton Park Hotel


4 DAYS | 7th September 2018

Our short break takes us south to Winchester, a beautiful and historic city located in central Hampshire, famous for its popular cathedral and fascinating past. Showcasing its cultural credentials, it is both the birthplace of modern cricket and the resting place of Jane Austen. As with many parts of Hampshire, Winchester is renowned for its gastronomic delights, as well its street theatre and fine architecture.

The 4* Norton Park Hotel is our base for the tour, situated near Winchester and nestled in 54 acres of land it also features a spa and health club. Additionally the hotel boasts a relaxing bar and lounge, modern restaurant and beautiful grounds to stroll through. All bedrooms offer modern facilities.

We depart the Macclesfield area in the morning calling for coffee en-route to Blenheim Palace where we have time for lunch and to visit the gardens. We continue south mid-afternoon to arrive at the hotel in time for a swim before dinner.

We spend the day in Winchester. The morning is yours to spend at leisure, in the afternoon we then visit the Cathedral for the Fabulous Flower Festival.

Today we venture to Portsmouth’s historic dockyard. We spend the full day there and have an all attraction ticket that includes entrance to The Mary Rose, where we can watch the breath-taking 16th century ship come alive in a way not seen in any other museum in the world. See the extraordinary collection of Tudor artifacts recovered from the sea after nearly 500 years. Also you can see HMS Victory the world’s most celebrated warship, HMS Warrior built in 1860, the world’s first iron-hulled armoured warship, and The National Museum of the Royal Navy. We return to the hotel late afternoon.

After a hearty breakfast we head north calling at Swindon where you have the choice of visiting Steam, the museum of the Great Western Railway or Swindon Designer Outlet for a little retail therapy. Just after lunch we board the coach and join the motorway network north, we make a comfort stop enroute and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening. (entrance to the museum £7.15 payable on the day)

Tour includes: 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Blenheim Gardens, Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival and an all attraction ticket for the Historic Dockyard.
£369.00 per person sharing twin/double
£75.00 single room supplement
£23.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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