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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 7903 347697
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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
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"jane austen"
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"guided tour"
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"christmas market"
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"tower tour"
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"ice rink"
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"longest nave"
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"beautiful building"
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"resting place"
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"william walker"
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"buried here"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful building, very peaceful, informative guides. A selection of guided tours available which are very interesting, the tower tour being a personal favourite! Various exhibitions of interest too.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed my viisit to the cathedral. Lots of things to see also the lovely stained glass windows ,lot of interesting information about the place

Thank sandra w
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Cathedral is wonderful to look at from the outside and amazing inside. It is hard to comprehend how a building such as this was built so many centuries ago and still stands today. Guides run tours regularly which are an ideal way to understand...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The trip to Winchester was wonderful with the guided tour of the cathedral being the highlight. The guides are volunteers but the one we had was so interesting and somewhat amusing. History made easy. The coffee shop was also excellent and there's the obligatory gift...More

Thank Jane M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Steeped in history and such a beautiful cathedral. Be sure to take a tour and learn so much of the history of the building.

Thank Que_Pasaaa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is such an amazing place and the guides are so knowledgable. Everything from ancient kings to modern sculpture! We went to the stone festival and saw the stone masons carving, so interesting and worth looking out for.

Thank Jg H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Admission ticket is valid for one year from date of purchase so I used the ticket I bought last year to visit this year. It’s a beautiful cathedral and definitely worth the second visit.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent a good hour touring Wincheser Cathedral. If you love history, certainly the place to visit. Trip was made more interesting thanks to our great guide, Louisa. There were a few steps to climb up, but not many. I love the tiles on the floor...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Never easy with a large wheelchair with a completely non ambulant person, there is good access and space in the cafe, friendly helpful staff.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the Cathedral on Saturday and decided to book the 2:15 tower tour. The tour is with two tour guides. Our tour was delayed as one of the guides was late. We eventually set off and were very impressed with the tour guides knowledge...More

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CityCanary
October 21, 2017|
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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.
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May 14, 2017|
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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
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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
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