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Winchester Cathedral

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Address: 9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
Phone Number:
+44 1962 857200
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 12:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the magnificent Cathedral...

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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Winchester Cathedral is fascinating anyway, but our guide made the the visit into an occasion, showing us the highlights and places to explore further after the hour long tour.

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Winchester Cathedral is fascinating anyway, but our guide made the the visit into an occasion, showing us the highlights and places to explore further after the hour long tour.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Winchester cathedral was originally founded in 642, and has a huge history as one of the great centres of the Christian religion during the dark ages and early mediaeval period. It is the original site of Saint Swithun's burial, beside King Canute, and Alfred the Great, though the latter was moved to another site. The architecture is huge and awe-inspiring,... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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A beautiful and stunning visit. So moving, much more beautiful than expected. Very relaxing. Staff so friendly and knowledgeable. Good value for money.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cathedral was magnificent- gorgeous stained glass windows and soaring ceilings. Jane Austen is buried there and there is much history associated with the cathedral. There is an hourly tour or an audio tour.

Thank sdee101
Winchester, United Kingdom
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What a wonderful service, Choral Matins, a modern and involving service by Canon Lindley. Opening an orange in a Cathedral to support a story. A wealth of history and beauty, with the most helpful guides.

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Winchester Cathedral is a must see landmark in Winchester. The most beautifl cathedral with so much history inside and out.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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nice gardens and nice inside well worth a visit whilst in Winchester Jane Austen is buried here too so in 2017 good place to go to clebrate her death 200 years ago

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The grand cathedral is huge,and most cetainly impressive inside.A small cafe offers a chance to watch the Peregrine birds !!Peaceful areas around the walls to rest,read,and picnic!!

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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A beautiful building with so many features to see. We took the guide to the crypt which was fascinating thanks the Angela, our guide. We were also fortunate enough to see The London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing with a choir.

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Harrow, England
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One of the great cathedrals of England, and probably of Europe - I believe it has one of the longest naves in Europe. Visited with guests from France, and we were disappointed that there were no information leaflets/books in French. Other than that, I cannot complain. The building is stunning, the staff very welcoming and helpful, and if you can... More 

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