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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 7903 347697
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We took the time to see it

We were sailing by from Southampton to Oxford. We took the time to see it. It was worth the stop... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lake Jackson, Texas
My Favourite Cathedral

At first, this Cathedral isn't as awe inspiring as some others, for example, it doesn't have the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Graham S
South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were sailing by from Southampton to Oxford. We took the time to see it. It was worth the stop. There was a Christmas market going on. The site and the sight is worth the stop.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

At first, this Cathedral isn't as awe inspiring as some others, for example, it doesn't have the same wow factor as nearby Salisbury. However, what it lacks in eye-candy appeal from the outside, it more than makes up for on the inside. This is a...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed visiting the cathedral. It was amazing to see the workmanship involved. The Cathedral is located in a nice area with plenty of things to see.

Thank Lesia P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visiting the Cathedral during the Christmas period is magical: a huge decorated tree dominated the rear of the building and we we lucky enough to be visiting while rehearsals were in progress for two concerts. Apart from the insignificant resting place ofJane Austen, there are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with friends mainly for the Xmas market, which was mediocre and a little non christmas. decideded to have a look at the cathedral whilst there, thought that £8:00 entry was a bit excessive so returned to the hotel.

Thank alan c
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Four of us went into the cathedral and joined a tour. The lady was very knowledgeable and provided a great insight into the history of this marvellous cathedral. Well worth the money!

Thank Charles K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We recently visited Winchester Cathedral but unfortunately it was closed to public for carol services. The grounds are lovely but disappointed not to be able to see the inside.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely set up this year Me and my partner loved it Only thing I would say is there a time frame when the ice skating is jus for adults only ?

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history within the cathedral is amazing, the guides are so helpful and interesting. I'm not overly religious but the history of the Bishops and their deeds, make you appreciate the bond they have with their beliefs.

Thank John K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this famous cathedral as part of an excursion from our Viking Ocean cruise ship. The cathedral is drop dead gorgeous and huge beyond my expectations. Its nave is reputed to be the longest (with greatest overall length) of any Gothic cathedral in Europe....More

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21 October 2017|
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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.
15 May 2017|
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
15 May 2017|
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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