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Hospital of St Cross

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Such atmosphere and authentic history

Some reviewers seem to have missed the point. This is a truly historic charitable establishment... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2019
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Living history

This place has had a community in it for centuries. Such beautiful buildings around the church... read more

Reviewed December 24, 2018
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St. Cross Hospital St. Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD, England
+44 1962 851375
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Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 24, 2018

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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank HCT1962
Reviewed November 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ShenfieldFamily
Reviewed October 29, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kay B
Reviewed October 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jason H
Reviewed October 9, 2018

This has the most peaceful garden I've been to for a while. Perfectly planned planting (especially asters and, I think, an unusual delphinium in flower - can this be right in October?) pond and yew hedging. Loved the garden and the church which is fascinating...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Benjamin S S
Reviewed October 5, 2018

This historical institution stands firm in England's history, and is right up there with Winchester Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle and other ancient sites. European Kings (eg Phillip II of Spain) and Princesses stayed here on their way to marry English monarchs in the cathedral just a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Caroline L
Reviewed October 3, 2018

A lovely place to visit on a glorious autumn day. The beautiful buildings are enhanced by a peaceful, well kept garden overlooking Winchester water meadows.. The church has an air of tranquility and history enhanced with seasonal flower arrangements. An oasis in a busy city...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank saxella
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Walking to the Hospital of St Cross (oldest charitable institution in Britain), and requesting/receiving the "Wayfarer's Dole" has been on my bucket list since 1969. Finally I/we did it. The beer tasted good, even if the morsel of bread was no more than a morsel....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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June 11, 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
peter m
April 3, 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.
February 22, 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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Oakville, Missouri
Hospital of St. Cross (4 Replies)
Planning our two half days in Winchester. Is there a bus from near the Cathedral to Hospital of St. Cross? Also, where would a scenic walk begin? Closer to the Cathedral or Hospital of St. Cross? Thanks in advance for advice.
April 27, 2017|
Response fromSt_LouisMaltese|
Perfect info. Thank you. We'll see how we feel and how the weather is before making a decision.