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Winchester Cathedral

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Address: 9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
Phone Number:
+44 1962 857200
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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The place of kings and authors of knaves and artist , of reformation zeal and family of Sydney Harbour Bridge ! How do we know all this wonderful gems? Our free guide who let us touch and feel the wonder of this magnificent building was a joy of information, Sandra was exceptional and we were privileged to have here show... More 

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Our guide, Sandra, really made the history of the Cathedral come alive with all sorts of interesting facts and stories as well as the history of the cathedral. What a great tour and a magnificent building! This is a must do in Winchester!!

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Enjoyed the many interesting aspects of Winchester Cathedral. The Jane Austin exhibition was particularly interesting with her grave being there. The Winchester Bible was also amazing to view.The size and architecture of the building was imposing and very worth a visit.

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The cathedral is currently undergoing restoration to its roof but should not deter you from going.inside the vaulted roof is crisp as new plenty see inside the organ was playing while we was there and the sound it produced was stunning.worth a go.

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The architecture and statuary in this cathedral are unbelievable! Allow at least an hour or two to tour. Interestingly, for those over 50, people under 50 do not remember the song "Winchester Cathedral"; even in this city.

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The building is light and and airy with a graciously arched roof and splendid choir. Inside there is much to see for instance the Winchester Bible which is the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles. The statue and story of William the diver who saved the cathedral was fascinating, I never heard anything like it before and... More 

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Charging someone to go into a place which is owned by everyone is morally wrong. A religious place should be free to enter as it's for everyone to enjoy irrespective of their wealth or background. I've been to Wells, Chichester, Gloucester, Rochester, Portsmouth, and Guildford cathedrals yet none of them wanted to extract money from me. I do put money... More 

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Magnificent building with 1,000 years of history. See Jane Austin's grave, along with a brief outline of her life, the Antony Gormley sculpture in the Crypt and the 12th century Bible, which is amazing and the lady steward was extremely informative. They hope to have all 4 on display soon. The mortuary boxes in the Quire wee the first I... More 

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Lovely cathedral .troublelots and lots of visitors .good for revenue but hard to just browse at a leisurely pace.enjoyed visit

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One of the best Cathedrals we have been too - absolutely huge and full of historical interest. So much to look at here that it will take you a good part of the day. Various historical ages of architecture went into the building and it is all there to see. The last resting places of several Saxon Kings as well... More 

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