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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857200
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Amazing-a must see!

Absolutely brilliant cathedral. Could have spent the day there. The price includes excellent... read more

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Lisa L
Toronto, Canada
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Wonderful. £8 gives you a very interesting guided tour and a year's entry to the Cathedral.

It was so fascinating we went back the day after the guided tour and wandered around for another... read more

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Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the magnificent Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. Begun in 1079, the Cathedral has been a place of worship ever since. Today the Cathedral welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and in recent years has become well known for its annual Christmas Market and open-air ice rink, which alone attract over 350,000 visitors. A walk round the Cathedral takes you through centuries of English architecture. Particularly striking is the vast gothic nave, the longest medieval nave in Europe. Great works of art, including paintings, sculptures and carvings can be found throughout the building. Don’t miss the Crypt, this atmospheric part of the Cathedral is home to Antony Gormley’s contemplative statue ‘Sound II’ which, after prolonged periods of rainfall can be seen standing in water. The Winchester Bible, the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles, is one of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures. Its exquisitely illuminated capital letters, coloured with gold and lapis lazuli, are as intense today as they would have been 800 years ago. The Cathedral is the resting place of many influential and famous people including Saxon kings, bishops and the much-loved English novelist Jane Austen, who was buried in the Cathedral in 1817. An exhibition telling of Jane’s life in Hampshire can be found beside her grave and a memorial plaque funded by her nephew is on the wall adjacent. A guided tour provided by the Cathedral’s own volunteer guides is by far the best way to explore the building. Available on the hour from 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday, these hour-long tours really do bring the Cathedral, its characters and history to life. It’s worth taking the time to walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close where you will find beautiful buildings and hidden gardens and a gateway to a pretty area of the City known as Kingsgate Village. A perfect way to round-off your visit is a visit to The Refectory, serving homemade cakes, a seasonal lunch menu and a good range of drinks. The pretty terrace and orchard with outdoor seating enjoy good views of the Cathedral. The Cathedral Shop sells a wide range of gifts, cards, books and music, many items have been commissioned especially for the Cathedral so can’t be found anywhere else. A selection of products are available to purchase online via the cathedral website.
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9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely brilliant cathedral. Could have spent the day there. The price includes excellent tours. Don't miss Jane Austin's grave (in the floor not on the wall!).

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed yesterday

It was so fascinating we went back the day after the guided tour and wandered around for another couple of hours. Wonderful!

Thank carshaltongal
Reviewed yesterday

Had just a couple of hours in the town centre and couldn't believe how beautiful the surroundings were. A maze of alleyways, walls and small paths lead to the imposing Cathedral from the direction we arrived in. I understand that it is close to the...More

Thank Christopher T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wasn't that keen to visit when my husband first suggested but I'm so glad we did. Winchester cathedral is beautiful and extremely interesting. The guides are full of knowledge and very friendly. Well worth a visit.

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely Cathedral, awe inspiring. Fortunate enough to walk through at a time the choir was practicing. Very ethereal...

Thank RitasTorrance
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very impressive building with lovely grounds. Popular place to sit when the weather is good if you find the entrance fee a little high!

Thank NessieNoo
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great cathedral, one of the best in England, there is a huge expanse of space contained with it. Being almost 1000 years old it is a magnificent museum with its own Winchester Bible to view in the north transept. It has however...More

Thank Peter J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There a tour included with the entry price. I would recommended taking these tours to understand the history and architecture of the cathedral. England is full of great churches and I would rate this just behind Westminster and Salisbury.

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 days ago

A brilliant visit to a majestic cathedral which on entering, imbibes you with a sense of calm and peacefulness. Cheap to enter, with concessions it amounts to £6 per person and children visit for free most of the time. An amazing historic Bible showcased within...More

Thank 766kevink
Reviewed 4 days ago

Hour or so outside of London-- and worth the car rental or tour bus. Incredible building, historical and iconic. Celebrated in songs, prayers and books. It's big, really big...and goes on and on. "Free tours" after you pay the entrance fee.(8£) Docents are knowledgeable and...More

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15 May 2017|
Response from Ian M |
I am a Cathedral Guide, and there is always a special floral tribute next to the grave other than during Lent and Advent. Occasionally private floral tributes are left next to the grave. Within reason if someone wishes to... More
15 May 2017|
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Response from brucewinton | Property representative |
The Cathedral does not have any parking for general visitors to the cathedral but there are a number of car parks nearby and the city has a very effective park & ride network. Please check the Winchester City Council car... More
Dave L
8 April 2017|
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Response from brucewinton | Property representative |
The tour includes travelling up and down a narrow spiral staircase. A small rucksack will be fine especially if it isn't over-filled. Ideally it is better to avoid taking a bag at all but unfortunately we do not have... More