Driving from London to Winchester is straightforward, mostly on motorways. It’s about 70 miles from central London to Winchester, and should take about 90 minutes under normal traffic conditions. It can take much longer at busier times of day, of course.
Winchester town centre is small, with pedestrian areas, and street parking is hard to come by. There are plenty of pay car parks in and around the centre, including two very close to the cathedral, so you should follow signs for the city centre and then for long-term parking.
From central London you should head west on the M4, exiting at Junction 4b onto the M25, going south. Leave the M25 at Junction 12, taking the M3 towards Southampton. Leave the M3 at junction 9, following the signs for Winchester.
Car hire or rental is not recommended as a car isn't needed for visiting Winchester. Taking the train is by far the best option, or the bus if you are on a budget. Only drive to Winchester if you plan to visit other places, or have already rented a car for other reasons.
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