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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857200
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The longest nave in Britain is but one of the charms of this spectacular place. There is a subtle... read more

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Beautiful and historical

Took the family to the beautiful town of Winchester on Sunday but i had to visit the famous... read more

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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
9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857200
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Reviewed yesterday

The longest nave in Britain is but one of the charms of this spectacular place. There is a subtle mix of ancient & modern, vide the Gormley statue in the crypt measuring the repeated flooding despite the efforts of the famous Diver William Walker in...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took the family to the beautiful town of Winchester on Sunday but i had to visit the famous Winchester cathedral, what a beautiful and historical building. The children love the gift shop and learning from visiting this famous building, awesome architecture a sight to behold.

Thank Adrian F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful cathedral. We were offered the option of a guided tour but chose to look around by ourselves. There's currently lots of info on display about Jane Austen (who is buried in the cathedral) as the 200th anniversary of her death is coming...More

Thank 19sjt70
Reviewed 3 days ago

As a fine example of Gothic architecture and filled with material and spiritual historic values, this cathedral is a must-see.

Thank Anna K
Reviewed 3 days ago

A totally awesome building to visit, lovely architecture and make sure you have your camera ready, we would recommend a visit.

Thank malc1005
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have always wanted to go to Winchester Cathedral and finally got the chance in April this year. The city itself and the cathedral in particular were absolutely marvellous. History at every turn which suits me down to the ground.

Thank phillizDerbyshire_UK
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely building--when we visited there was a Jane Austen display which was very interesting. Nice touch in that tickets are valid for a year

Thank Sandra O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only downside was the inability to walk through the crypt, but that was a minor issue on an otherwise interesting hour spent in the Cathedral. They have regular free tours which are informative.

Thank Nijster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A quick visit to the cathedral, which is a classical and impressive site to visit. Friendly staff and a good atmosphere. Liked the art and history explanation. Visit the shop; you might find some hidden gems.

Thank Egwene2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the cathedral during city trip to Winchester. It's a place of historical interest. Documentation is good. Remarkable mix of roman and gothic styles.

Thank philipvansteenkiste
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Is it OK to bring flowers to Jane Austen's grave?
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
Is there any parking nearby?
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
Dave L
Tower tours state no large baggage. What is considered large baggage? A backpack? camera bag? I'm not thinking large huge backpacks but daypack.
8 April 2017|
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Response from brucewinton | Property representative |
The tour includes travelling up and down a narrow spiral staircase. A small rucksack will be fine especially if it isn't over-filled. Ideally it is better to avoid taking a bag at all but unfortunately we do not have... More