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This is both beautiful and interesting to visit. Don’t forget to ask for your ‘pilgrims dole’ in the office. A small piece of bread and a cup of good beer - free! Well, you have to pay to get in but don’t pay extra for...More
The Hospital of St Cross is a unique example of a medieval institution that is still fulfilling its original purpose - providing a home for elderly men in reduced circumstances and welcoming the passing visitor with the 'Wayfarer's Dole' of bread and wine. There is...More
This really was the highlight of a day trip to Winchester. It is a really pleasant walk from Winchester through the water meadows to St Cross, just follow the signs to St Cross from Winchester College. It has been home to poor elderly gentlemen since...More
It is well worth a visit and has a very good tea room.
It is a small place but has a lot of charm. A place of very old buildings with an interesting history.
It has residents and if you get the chance have a...More
Some reviewers seem to have missed the point. This is a truly historic charitable establishment that still provides a home for those on poverty today - and does so with great tradition and style. It’s not ‘touristy’ - it’s totally authentic and you done get...More
This place has had a community in it for centuries. Such beautiful buildings around the church where the community still meets. Close to the river. Probably 45 minutes walk along river from Cathedral. My most favourite place. Enjoy the stillness.
We passed by here on a December afternoon walk through the Winchester Water Meadows and didn't take a look inside because the sign said the shop was shut.
Not sure if the grounds were open to visitors though, we'll have to go back another time...More
Hospital of St Cross is more a complex than just a church with halls, kitchens and a garden to visit as well as a beautifully preserved church. It houses one of the oldest Almshouses in England and is still occupied today by the Brothers. It...More
Walk through the beautiful Water Meadows past Winchester College and St. Catherine's Hill, with it's ancient hill fort. Or reach St. Cross by road, whatever route you choose don't miss out this beautiful hidden gem. The church is lovely with historical surprises and curiosities at...More
St. Cross is a beautiful old church even though it is more the size of a cathedral. Building of the church started in the time of William the Conqueror and was completed over quite a few years so the architecture changes within the building. It...More
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
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 (HHA) & they were fine with photo's then.
Contact them & ask? Some won't mind but some will.
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.