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Hospital of St Cross

St. Cross Hospital St. Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD, England
+44 1962 851375
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So peaceful

The first almshouse and still in use. At first we thought it was just the church but the gardens... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jg H
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London, United Kingdom
A peaceful, serene place to visit

I followed the long path from the town centre and realized afterwards that there was a shorter... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
canuck562015
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Victoria, Canada
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“water meadows” (70 reviews)
“alms houses” (15 reviews)
“tea shop” (9 reviews)
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St. Cross Hospital St. Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD, England
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+44 1962 851375
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"steeped in history"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The first almshouse and still in use. At first we thought it was just the church but the gardens are worth the visit alone and then there's the ancient hall and kitchen along with a lovely tea and cakes cafe. Make time to visit if...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I followed the long path from the town centre and realized afterwards that there was a shorter route (be sure to check with Tourist Information before you start wandering the countryside). But I still arrived at the beautiful Hospital of St. Cross and felt so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a lovely half-hour amble through the Water Meadows to the Hospital of St Cross, which is a 12th -century almshouse, built to provide accommodation for 13 poor men who could not support themselves (women clearly not being worthy of consideration at that time….)....More

Thank Rob P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds are lovely as are the buildings, but we felt we missed out a lot because there was no guide. The laminated instructions were difficult to follow at times and certainly didn't give a full sense of the place. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the beauty...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had tea and cake in hall of 100 men , wonderful atmosphere and very reasonably priced tea and cake . Good cheerful service ,perfect for walkers .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Founded in the 1130s. Today many fine grade 1 listed buildings are situated around an inner square with a grass centre. I asked about a tour and was told, no tours just the kitchen and Brethren's Hall open to the public. The kitchen houses a...More

1  Thank peter m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful historical site set in the water meadows area with a sense of timelessness. The grounds and church are well cared for and the gardens beautiful. The gift for ' 100 worthy travellers' of a piece of bread and a small pot of beer'...More

1  Thank Margaret I
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

We visited on a bitterly cold day at the end of April. we walked to St Cross along the water meadow path from Winchester and saw a kingfisher flash past us on the way. That was a real thrill. When we got to St Cross...More

2  Thank Carole37
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We spend so long on the delightful water meadow walk that we didn't have time to do more than have a cup of tea. Two very pleasant ladies in the cafe, but we resisted their tempting range of cakes as we'd had a fairly large...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Off the beaten track, a pleasant 20 min walk from central attractions, lies this oldest almshouse in England. I visited early on a Saturday morning (NB summer opening hours are longer than those currently advertised on Tripadvisor or Google, the Hospital’s website gives correct times)...More

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Sandesh B
12 June 2018|
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Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
Part of the brothers 'housing' agreement is to go to church every morning the service finishes about 10 am. I'm not sure they would welcome intrusive photo's but we went on a guided tour through Historic Houses Association... More
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peter m
4 April 2018|
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Response from Ruby067 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The number 1 blue double decker to Southampton stops at Saint Cross Bell Inn and it is 100 metres level walk from there. Don’t get on the single decker number 1 - that turns off the main road before the destination.
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744kbo
23 February 2018|
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Response from minnytwo | Reviewed this property |
When they have events, they open up the adjacent field for parking. There is lots of room!!
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