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Butter Cross

Address: High Street, Winchester SO23 9AH, England
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Ranked #14 of 31 Attractions in Winchester
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks

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Montacute, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Butter Cross is in the centre of Winchester. It is a beautifully carved, intricate and fascinating medieval cross. The story goes that a rich landowner a couple of centries ago bought it from the Council and was going to erect it on his land. The townsfolk had other ideas when his men came to remove it and protected it,... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It was cold and wet when I last visited but the Cross is usually the focal point for a variety of musicians and entertainers. It is right in the centre of the City so you are hardly likely to miss it if you are visiting Winchester.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Growing up in Winchester this was the centre of our social networking at one point. All of the local kids meet here as to hang out or go on to another place as a group. In itself a beautifully crafted landmark that always reminds me of the one at Charing Cross, London

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It's slightly dissapointing that this structure is not made entirely of butter. However if you're stuck for a meeting place or want to kick pigeons this is the place to go!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

the Buttercross is a great meeting place, ancient and where Christmas Tree and Lights are with music too :) Often we have seen Fire Eaters and Fire Jugglers too ; I even enjoyed so much a Opera Couple singing here I bought their CD

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
66 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The statue here attracts street musicians of all types Some so talented you wonder why they busk. Today in very close quarter were a girl on guitar singing a man dressed as a pixie playing recorder another man playing guitar who was brilliant . Grab a coffee or ice cream and just chill a while. Free music at it's best.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I have seen some of the most amazing buskers here and there is room to sit and listen if you like the music, also a great spot for some coffee and snacks.

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Llanharan, Wales
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A focal point in the city's history and prominent on its high street. It is a favourite backdrop for photos but the steps are usually adorned with tourists and chances of a personal snap slight.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Its not at all what it is for, but there is nothing better than sitting on the Buttercross steps with an icecream, or on a night-out getting the obligatory 'Buttercross' photo. Caution.. the steps are very slippy.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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535 reviews 535 reviews
312 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Whilst it may not be the focal point it was in The Middle Ages, this is still an impressive structure set amongst the modern shops nearby. It features twelve statues including the Virgin Mary together with several Saints and other notable figures. It was rebuilt in Victorian times by the noted architect Gilbert Scott and when we visited today proudly... More 

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