Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
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Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe, nestled at the heart of historic Winchester. It has been a place of worship and welcome for over 900 years and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. Step inside to marvel at the longest medieval Nave in Europe, admire stunning architecture and encounter priceless treasures including the 12th-century Winchester Bible. Winchester Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon royalty and Jane Austen, the much-loved English novelist. Don't miss the new exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation which takes visitors through 1,000 years of history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. One of the best ways to explore is with a guided tour, available from 10am - 3pm Monday to Saturday. After your visit, take time to enjoy delicious home-cooked food in the Cathedral Refectory with its medieval walled garden or browse the Cathedral Shop for souvenirs and exclusive gifts.
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  • Lenn
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Cathedral!
    We loved it! My wife is a massive fan of Jane Austen so she was delighted when I promised her a visit to this cathedral. If the walls could talk of this cathedral I would be there for daays on end. So much history and we loved our walk through the cathedral. The staff is kind and we we`re lucky to have a tour. Do not miss out if you visit Winchester!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • SteamerPearl
    Sudbury, United Kingdom66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and fascinating
    A fabulous building with so much history - all very well explained. We thought the exhibit on the Winchester bible particularly interesting but there was so much to see throughout the building. Only let down was the uninspiring food and not great service in the cafe and the unfriendly woman in the Deanery bookstore (though i think she was getting stressed with all the rain!)
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • ian s
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral tour
    Good value for money £12.50 and the ticket gives 12 months of visits. Very friendly and it was nice to say a prayer there ( it is a working cathedral) tour guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable with a sense of humour. Parking near cathedral is not available but it's only a 6 minute walk from most car parks and you can pay via Ringo we didnt have enough time to go around it all so a return trip is a must for us
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Rebecca H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winchester Cathedral - Must Visit !
    An awe inspiring, really informative visit to a beautiful Cathedral. The Cathedral has so much interesting history and a visit is well worth the entrance fee as there is the ability to take a wonderful tour of the Cathedral itself and also the Crypt - these tours really bring the place to life! We strongly recommend you take the arranged tour (s) on offer inside. The Cathedral guides are so friendly and enthusiastic and full of so many interesting facts. The visit totally exceeded all our expectations - a real treasure of a Cathedral in the beautiful and friendly City of Winchester. Enjoy !
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
  • dcre
    Mannheim, Germany69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Have
    This cathedral is truly wonderful. We entered and were greeted by a really enthusiastic and friendly volunteer. After we entered, we participated in a tour through the crypt and learned a lot about the church and its history. After the tour we walked though the stunning halls of the church. With one admission, you can come back anytime in one year.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Sigrid G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your time to pause and pray and you may taste heaven.
    Do come to this place, which is both welcoming and awesome. I visited on a stormy day ( 5th August 2023 ) and, though I would have been happy to just wander around, decided to join a guided tour that had just started . This was led by Bill Weeks, who brought wonderful insight into the history, politics architecture in such an engaging way. It is astonishing to think how it was originally built, around 1000 years ago and has survived and been adapted over the years. Today I loved the way that every hour on the hour the whole Cathedral and visitors, pause to pray together. It is of course a place of worship, first and foremost, that welcomes all. Take your time to pause and pray and you may taste heaven.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Claire
    London, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we went on tour
    We spent the day in Winchester, mainly to see the Cathedral. We joined a tour at 3pm that took an hour. Our tour was very interesting and informative. Some complain about the £12.50 charge to go inside. There are not many places you will go without having to pay. Do not try to park near Cathedral as all the carparks are just on outskirts. Maybe aim for Winchester Hotel and Spa where we stayed and the car parks are all along this road.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Linda
    Galveston Island, Texas18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Centerpiece of Winchester - the Cathedral
    Regardless of your religious views, the Cathedral is a beautiful example of medieval architecture as it combines several styles starting with the Normans. The guided tour is worth the time to understand the different pieces of history that reside in the Cathedral and have influenced English history. And if you like history, do not miss the new exhibition - “Kings and Scribes”. Very impressive -
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Keith N
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Cathedral
    Very nice Cathedral and the usual graves/freeses/statues to see. Some lovely stained glass windows and areas of real gems if you look for them. Only the old bible was on view (not the museum) but some display screens helped to explain the writings. Nice time in Cathedral but I think that religious sites should be free (£12.50 entrance) with volunteer contributions.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • taffandhubby
    Cardiff, United Kingdom277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour was excellent.
    It is a beautiful cathedral with a fascinating history - brought to life by an excellent guide. He was informed and informative, and all in a gently enthusiastic manner that took us along with him! We received a friendly greeting on arrival and farewell on departure. The Cathedral is part of a beautiful and historic part of Winchester - well worth visiting
    Visited August 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
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LMDBP
York, UK46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I was really looking forward to going to this Cathedral as I have a keen interest in religious buildings and have visited many throughout the country, however I found this one such a disappointment. After paying we were greeted with a display in the centre of the cathedral of a feature of different coloured fabrics which was frankly out of place and an eye sore. No matter where you went you could see it and it ruined views from every angle of this magnificent building, not to mention photo opportunities. We went to the silent prayer area which stated you could sit quietly and contemplate right next to a sign saying it was closed. I then went to sit in another area to enjoy the space to find two members of staff having a very loud conversation about someone called Martin. When we went to the reading room/library it was cordoned off so I asked if I could take a photo, which I was promptly told no by a lady sitting in a chair behind the cordon. As we left I went to go the the Cathedral toilet next to the shop and guess what? It was closed. I don't mind paying to get into a Cathedral however you get very little for your money here. These buildings are my heritage and history and its such a shame some have been restricted. Take a leaf out of Wells' book and ask for a contribution and people can pay what they can afford and what they think it's worth.
Written 2 September 2020
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Diane M
Victoria, Australia140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Fascinating look at how English history has been written through the ages via previous kings and queens with particular focus on religion. Damage wrought by Cromwell’s army is visible in the many headless statues on display while the considerable damage to the building was repaired. The building itself is beautiful, an architectural triumph which imparts such a sense of peace and tranquility in spite of its immense proportions.
An additional attraction is Jane Austen is also buried here. The entry fee entitles you to visit as often as you like for a year, I took advantage and returned a number of times as there was so much to see.
Written 9 January 2020
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JAHPHFJP
Graffham, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have visited Winchester many times, but decided to do the tower tour this time. The guide was very knowledgeable and tour lasted 1 and half hours. The stairs up are very narrow and worn in places, and you can't leave bags anywhere. View from the top of the tower is great, and amazing to be in the body of the building.
Written 23 February 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Having grown up in the Winchester area I have visited Winchester Cathedral many times over the last 4 decades and it never fails to impress... It is stunning inside and out. The cathedral as it stands today was built from 1079 to 1532 and is the 6th largest Cathedral in the UK (out of the 42 that exist) and is the longest medieval cathedral in the world. It sees just under 400K visitors a year despite it being quite expensive to visit at £9.95 for an Adult ticket £6.50 for Students and children under 16 are FREE. If you do buy a ticket it is valid for re-entry for a year. Famous author Jane Austen, who died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, had her funeral in the cathedral, and she was buried in the north aisle.
Written 29 October 2021
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Secret Travel Notes
London, UK290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We had no idea how remarkable Winchester Cathedral is. Firstly, it is huge; and boasts one of the longest naves of any cathedral in Europe. Secondly, it has many famous names associated with it including Jane Austen, buried here and St Swithun, who is associated with 40 days of food or bad weather. Thirdly, there is a new exhibition about writing and books from early times which includes 4 editions of the handwritten Winchester Bible, which is a treasure. The ticket price includes a hugely knowledgeable guide and there is more to learn about this cathedral than you ever imagined. And even if you don’t want to do the historical detail, it’s simply huge and magnificent.
Written 12 January 2020
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Tripper989
Isle of Man, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
During my visit to Winchester it rained constantly so indoor attractions were a favoured option. Took a guided tour and the guide was very knowledgeable about the complete history of the building and it's construction methods, both the alterations to building style and the underpinning were fully explained in great detail. Also attended a carol service in the evening and it was great to see the Cathedral full of Christmas cheer.
Written 13 February 2020
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Tony C
Preston, UK260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Impressive cathedral that provides a good welcome despite the restrictions. The city itself is enjoyable combining rich history with a bustling town centre and obviously the Cathedral is at the centre of this. Prices are a little high but this building has so much history from medieval kings and bishops through to Jane Austin but remains a magnificent place of worship to this day.
Written 7 October 2020
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Alliohna
445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I was not keen on paying £10 entrance fee, but really enjoyed the tour around the Cathedral which is included in the admission. There were only a few people inside as not many want to pay the fee, which worked out great for us being quiet and crowd less. We had to wait around 10 minutes inside for others to join us for the tour. I had trouble hearing the masked tour guide especially when the organ was playing. My highlights of the tour: Russian icons and the ancient ( more than 1000 years old ) bible.
Written 27 September 2021
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Inspired
Oxford, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A truly excellent visit. A large group was split into 3, each with its own guide. Already a fascinating building full of history, the guides brought the cathedral to life - extremely knowledgeable with plenty of interesting and amusing anecdotes. Wonderful works of art on view as well. Can not recommend a guided tour highly enough.
Written 28 February 2020
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Annabelle S
55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
My husband and I happened to come in quite late. We went to the exhibition that was there at the time which was really good, and the staff seemed happy to talk to you. There were also some interactive elements which were fun! I thought the pieces of information they chose to share were genuinely interesting and really well thought out.

The cathedral itself is beautiful and huge, but I was truly won over when the choir started singing in preperation for the evening's service. Their voices softly rang out through the entire cathedral, but at certian points, in the crescendo of their song, the cathedral was almost shaking with their voices. It was incredible!

My only slight complaint was it was rather expensive. It was big and beautiful, but the exhibit is said to be free anyway so it seems the tickets would cost the same regardless, and it mentions the tickets being valid for 12 months but the chances are you're just going to be visiting so you won't be back to get that use out of them.
Written 7 November 2021
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