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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 7903 347697
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So worth a visit

This place really is the gem of Winchester, so beautiful. It was £8 per person for entrance and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sarah I
London, United Kingdom
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Local guides wearing red sashes are very helpful and give regular tours. Full of history and well... read more

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dean b
Coventry, United Kingdom
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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 7903 347697
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Reviewed yesterday

This place really is the gem of Winchester, so beautiful. It was £8 per person for entrance and the ticket is valid for a whole year. They do free group tours with a guide regularly. Alternatively, you can purchase an audio guide for £3 and...More

Thank Sarah I
Reviewed yesterday

Local guides wearing red sashes are very helpful and give regular tours. Full of history and well worth a visit.

Thank dean b
Reviewed yesterday

Undoubtedly historic, this is a splendidly ancient building. Smaller than some other medieval cathedrals and rather squat, it has a tower but no spire. Just about circumnavigatable on foot (not always possible nowadays at other sites).

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the cathedral. The guide we had told us lots of things that were of real interest and that we wouldn’t have known otherwise. We were also approached by another guide later while we were looking at the memorials and she had...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Can't wait to return once the building work has been completed. A beautiful building with great history.

Thank Ollie F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Whilst wandering around the historic beauty of the Cathedral, we were surprised to be stopped by a ‘Friend’ of the Cathedral who questioned if we’d paid full admission price. Which we had! He said it was wrong to be paying full price for admission when...More

Thank KT81KAH
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went on a cold winters day but was greeted by a priest at the door who help us to join a tour. The cost is £8 per person which seems high but after the tour it was worth every penny. If you are going to...More

Thank terryporter5
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We paid for entry which is valid for a year. At first we followed the guide. She was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We were given an hour of touring most of the important area's of the building and learnt a lot. Parts of the cathedral...More

Thank Russ P
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a very wet and windy February morning we visited the Cathedral in Winchester. It was a welcome relief to step into this magnificent building and we were warmly welcomed upon arrival. All the volunteers we met were fantastic and we had an excellent guided...More

Thank Adrian H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On s particularly wet day we arrived at this impressive cathedral. Parts swathed in scaffolding and lots of renovation happening...we will make good use of the fact the ticket is valid for a year. Fascinating guided tour led by the knowledgeable and entertaining guide (...More

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21 October 2017|
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Response from PETER_1953_CANHAM | Reviewed this property |
Yes but I'm not sure how much. I think they phrase it more as a suggested donation. I think it is in the region of £8- £10 per adult.
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
14 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