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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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Reviewed today

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 today

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 today

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 yesterday

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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Reviewed yesterday

One of the most beautiful cathedrals I have been in. Definitely worth a visit, also the main street is quaint and fun to walk through. The entrance fee to the cathedral is a bit expensive for a one time visitor, but worth it if you...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The outside is neither pretty nor imposing but inside it is like a tardis, enormous and lots to see. The initial welcome and reception staff set a friendly atmosphere. We had a guided tour with Roy W who managed to cover all aspects of the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our visit to Winchester Cathedral. We went on one of the free tours which is included in the admission price. The tour latest for about 1 hour and was very informative. The tour guided was very friendly and answered any questions we...More

Thank Mosies
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful cathedral in the city once the capital of England. King Alfred The Great's great city. We had a lovely, witty and informative guide who showed us all around this gorgeous cathedral. There is an airy cafe too-where we had lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The price of entry allows return visits within a year free of further charge. Useful for taking other visitors. In particular, the included (free) guided tours are excellent. A must do when visiting Winchester. However, make sure that you check times for tours before adding...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such lovely intricate carvings at the alter could stand all day picking out all the various scenes and the ceiling and glass windows equally impressive, a very powerful cathedral.

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Response from PETER_1953_CANHAM | Reviewed this property |
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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14 May 2017|
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Response from Ian M |
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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Response from brucewinton | Property representative |
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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