Getting there


Winchester Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester, Hampshire, UK, SO23 9GH

Winchester is located about 50 miles south west of London along the M3 motorway (1:00hr drive from Heathrow or 1:30hrs from Gatwick). Parking in Winchester can be difficult and hotels may charge for parking spaces.

Winchester Parking Map


For transport from airports I suggest "National Express" coaches.

From Heathrow, National Express bus 203 leaves every ~2hrs and takes ~1:30-2:00hrs to reach Winchester (about £20). There is a rail link via a coach too from Heathrow via Reading or Woking - and then use the train to Winchester.

From Gatwick, a train can be taken with a change at Clapham Junction (about £40 return).  From either airport,a taxi will cost around £80-120.

If you wish,the underground goes into London and then go to Waterloo station and catch a train.  Gatwick is either train (change clapham junction or "National Express" coaches (via Victoria in London). Use the above links.

The city is also well connected by train to other English cities and is only a short ride from Southampton which also has a small airport connecting to other European cities.


The following information is provided as a guide, and is accurate at the time of publishing.  Timetables and rates may change.  Delegates are urged to confirm details directly with providers.  Booking ahead may be advisable as prices can be cheaper, but public transport options are usually frequent enough to rarely be completely booked.





Delegates are responsible for making their own reservations. Winchester has several large hotels and many guest houses.  The organizing committee has negotiated discount rates for some of the larger hotels, please see below.  Hotels in Southampton or Basingstoke are within a short train journey.


Suggested Accommodation Providers in Winchester, Hampshire


Mercure Wessex Hotel 

Paternoster Row, Winchester Hampshire, SO23 9LQ, +(0)1962 861 611

A special rate of £99.00 per room single occupancy for a Classic room to include Bed, Breakfast and VAT         

The Mercure Wessex is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Guildhall in Winchester, its public rooms benefit from unique views over the world famous 900 year old Cathedral. Located in the city centre guests are right on the door step of all that Winchester, the former capital of England, has to offer.

Guests can book directly with the hotel either by telephone ( 01962 861 611) or e-mail – by quoting GEOHAB2016. Card details as well as a contact telephone number are required from each guest when making the booking. 

This rate will only be available until 15th March 2016


Holiday Inn Winchester

Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HZ

This contemporary low-rise hotel is  3.4 miles from Winchester Guildhall, this hotel is a short taxi ride or 15 minute walk from the Guildhall, but benefits from a semirural location.

A special rate of £105 to include Bed, Breakfast and VAT is available to the conference

Guests attending the event can make their own bookings by quoting the group code NOC. Reservations can be made the following ways:

  • Via Central Reservations Office open 24/7 on toll free number 0 800 40 50 60.
  • Online. Please follow the link:  National Oceanography Centre
  • Or via In-House Reservations Office – 01962 670 700 / – open Monday until Friday 8:00 am until 6:00 pm

This rate will only be available until 22nd March 2016


The Winchester Royal Hotel

21-22 St Peter’s Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8BS

Reputedly parts of this building form part of the oldest hotel in Winchester.  This traditional hotel reflects the style of a country house hotel and is located 10 minutes’ walk from the Guildhall and near to the main shopping areas of Winchester.

A special rate of £90 per room per night inclusive of English breakfast and VAT. Parking is charged at £10 per car per night and is on a first come first served basis bookings via email to or telephone 0844 855 9156Guests must quote WINC53540.

This rate will only be available until 22nd March 2016


Other larger hotels in Winchester

Premier Inn - Winnall - about 20 minutes walk about £70 per night

The Winchester Hotel and Spa  -  - about 20 minutes walk about £80 per night




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