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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 7903 347697
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A must visit

Quite simple, a stunning cathedral that everyone visiting Winchester should devote an hour or so of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Southampton, United Kingdom
Excellent visit

We have really enjoyed a tour around the cathedral with Pete who was very knowledgeable. As with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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 2 days ago

Quite simple, a stunning cathedral that everyone visiting Winchester should devote an hour or so of their time to appreciate one of UK's finest buildings.

Thank Need_Sunshine66
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have really enjoyed a tour around the cathedral with Pete who was very knowledgeable. As with many cathedrals this one has it's secrets and interesting past - something we didn't think we'd hear is a story about a diver who was paramount in saving...More

Thank dewitteseep
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit. There are guides available to take you around who are fantastic, well informed and enthusiastic. Our guide just wanted to ensure we had the best experience...and we did.

Thank SJPDoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

English History buffs should make this a destination city and the Cathedral is of course the central point of it all. King Alfred and the Wessex resistance to the previously all conquering Danes forms the basis of the English nation that we know today, overlaid...More

Thank Elton_Bear
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent only an hour here - not nearly enough. I had really come to pay homage to Jane Austen but there is so much more here. We arrived on a Monday to be greeted by the lovely Margaret one of several volunteers. She took...More

Thank belgaicas
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s hard to believe the cathedral is 1000 years old, its an amazing place to visit. Inside are a number of tour guides who (free of charge) will explain the different the history of the cathedral. A number of Saxon kings have their bones there...More

Thank SteveN362
Reviewed 1 week ago

Now I do understand the need for our large cathedrals to charge admission so that the huge costs of maintaining historic buildings such as this can be met but I'm always a little unsure about paying to enter a place of worship......however, in this case...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No visit to Winchester would be complete with a visit to the cathedral. There is so much history and magnificence within the building and the surrounding area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant visit as always to the beautiful cathedral and the Christmas market. What a stunning cathedral! Market same as last year but very festive and as always enjoyed the ice rink!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral was well worth the admission. We also took the additional tour of the crypt. The gift shop was nice as well.

Thank dandkmax
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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