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Winchester Cathedral

9 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857200
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Very beatiful and impressive

A quick visit to the cathedral, which is a classical and impressive site to visit. Friendly staff... 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 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.

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Reviewed yesterday

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
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent visit, took the free tour and had a loely guide who was in no rush and really loved the place. It was easy to see why. Really incredible building with a secret or two to behold.

Thank KaraandTony
Reviewed 2 days ago

An absolute gem, the building is magnificent the architecture just soars up into the air. We opted out of the offered tour, which would have too many religious references for our liking and followed our own plan. Amazing history and artefacts. Jane Austen’s grave, a...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stunning architecture, peaceful and just plain beautiful! Lots of history behind this cathedral which is more than 900 years old. Jane Austin Memorial inside Cathedral. Worth the stop especially if you are staying at the Mercure Wessex Hotel,...cathedral will be within walking distance.

Thank FoodTrav786
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The free guided tour with Felicity was informative and interesting ..we really enjoyed the visit (Tuesday 13th June)

Thank Claire T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to Evensong on aSunday night and sat in the choiristry and let the organ music and singing wash over me. Then he next day I went back and paid 8 pds admission and really explored. It's an interesting place: burial site for Jane...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cathedral's are stunning places, they are a statement, grand & steeped in history. This review is more for the grounds,than the interior. The grounds are splendid, people seem draw here. It's relaxing, watching what goes on. Take a picnic there from the local shops &...More

Thank Ranger297
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited the Cathedral many times, from childhood to middle age(!) and it still inspires me. So much history, beautiful architecture and fantastic stories. Luckily managed to catch the music festival rehearsals so listened to the choir - the acoustics is something to be experienced....More

Thank babybunny95
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful building, not as big as York Minster but much more like a Church. Particularly well interpreted in a tasteful and user-friendly way. Congratulations to all involved.

Thank ACM42
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Is it OK to bring flowers to Jane Austen's grave?
14 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?
14 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