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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 7903 347697
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Longest Cathedral but not too high

Having read and heard about Winchester Cathedral, we decided to visit. Approaching it, we could see... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
An historical gem

Well worth a visit. The Volunteers are friendly and informative , the cathedral itself is stunning... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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
+44 7903 347697
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Reviewed yesterday

Having read and heard about Winchester Cathedral, we decided to visit. Approaching it, we could see it is longer than any other in Britain, and a very imposing building, but welcoming. It was cheaper to visit than many others, and we had the bonus of...More

Thank Gaynor4321
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. The Volunteers are friendly and informative , the cathedral itself is stunning , all in all a great way to spend a few hours.

Thank Austin V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture & well worth the visit. Cannot recommend highly enough to take advantage of the free tour which is highly informative.

Thank five.obies
Reviewed 5 days ago

Full of history and amazing architecture. Can recommend the inclusive guided tour. Our tour guide, Jane,was totally amazing, full of interesting and knowledgeable facts. She made the whole experience special and worthwhile. Looking forward to another visit, as there is so much to see.

Thank L D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were expecting a common Cathedral but when we saw this wonderful place it's architecture it's history and all what it means we were very impressed and happy to came here. I hope we will come back soon.

Thank donalejo48
Reviewed 6 days ago

Whenever we are in a Cathedral City we make that Cathedral our must place to go. Walking up to it, Winchester Cathedral has real impact set in beautifully kept grounds. An air of quiet and calm comes over you in these grounds, they are a...More

Thank Bigvern559
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have seem many great British cathedrals and Winchester is one of the best, along with York, Durham, Salisbury, Canterbury and St. Pauls. Winchester has a fascinating history.

Thank GADawgGa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We timed our visit to include Choral Evensong sung by Winchester choristers, an exquisite experience as voices soared into high fan vaults. Sitting in a thirteenth-century choir stall in 'candle' light I wondered about all those other people who through seven hundred years have sat...More

Thank ebyrne2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to visit on a quiet day so the guides were able to give us their time. We were very lucky to meet Margaret who gave us an exclusive tour of the crypt, a very special tour of a fascinating place, her knowledge...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this lovely cathedral on 14th November. All guides were so helpful but one man took us on a tour at 3pm was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. A big thanks to him x

Thank Chris S
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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