Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksChurches & Cathedrals
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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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  • ButterflyFoto
    London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Christmas market
    This was my first time visiting Winchester and I absolutely loved this town! From the stunning cathedral to the wonderful christmas market and the high street filled with shops. Everyone is super friendly and there are plenty of wonderful places to eat. We parked in Chesil St car park which was perfect but it was quite full even at 10:00am. Will definitely be making a yearly visit to Winchester from now on!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2022
  • IPBushy
    Coin, Spain170 contributions
    Fascinating
    Very much on a par, visually, with many of England's cathedrals but its history gives it distinction. We paid £8 for an annual ticket including guided tour. Our guide certainly knew his stuff but unfortunately it seems they don't teach their guides presentation skills. We missed a few snippets of undoubtedly fascinating information as he talked with his back to us looking at the subject matter!! The paper guide they give you had a map and numbered locations to look at but the actual location did not indicate that we were looking at the right thing! Apart from these points we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, particularly the Winchester Bible exhibit. Excellent use of electronics to display the Bible content with selected descriptions. We asked the attendant guide some questions which she willingly answered with good cheer. A good visit and we intend to make use of the annual ticket when we return in the summer and will have more time.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2022
  • CasperUk
    159 contributions
    Fascinating and welcoming.
    Visited the New Forest for a few days and visited this amazing Cathedral. Beautifully maintained and lit with a warm welcoming feeling about it. Really glad we joined the free tour with Anne. Learnt so much and had a fascinating tour. A must do if in the area as Winchester also a lovely place.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 31 December 2022
  • Sandra R
    18 contributions
    Ask for Bill!
    During a short break in Winchester we took the opportunity to visit the cathedral. What a beautiful building. The tour was made all the more interesting and informative by the wonderful tour guide, Bill. What a lovely, knowledgeable man.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2023
  • dilysd2016
    32 contributions
    Brilliant guide
    An excellent guide made this an even better visit.He was eloquent,extremely well versed in the history of the Cathedral and passionate about it’s future.We would not have left with such a comprehensive understanding of the Cathedral without this guide. We later attended Evensong which had both young and more mature choristers.A memorable experience.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 14 January 2023
  • 28robertc2017
    Greater London, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Excellent guided tour of a beautiful cathedral.
    We felt the admission fee was good value as the ticket lasts a year and can be used as many times as we want. The cathedral was stunning and our experience was all the more enhanced by the wonderful tour with our guide Bill Weeks. He was extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic; he pointed out features which we would not have noticed had we done a self tour. It was the highlight of an enjoyable day in Winchester.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 22 January 2023
  • Susan W
    51 contributions
    A beautiful experience
    Although we are not keen on obligatory charges for visiting cathedrals, the ticket is valid for a year and there is much to see. The atmosphere is reverent and a service was taking place in a side chapel for anyone who wished to take part. The architecture is stunning, whichever way you look, and there are lots of side chapels and other extras to explore. I loved the Gormley figure in the flooded crypt. In addition, there was an interactive exhibition about the building of the cathedral and pages from a rare Bible to view. The cathedral guides were friendly and most helpful in answering questions. We will definitely return to take in a guided tour, as we think there is much more to see. Winchester is one of the loveliest cathedrals we have visited.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 February 2023
  • Grrzzz
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom277 contributions
    An essential part of English history
    What a splendid building! I visited on a weekday afternoon, wasn’t too busy and happy to pay the £10 entrance fee (ticket is valid for revisits for a year). Lots to see - including the memorial to English 19th Century author Jane Austen.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 14 February 2023
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Darren
17 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful building, i try to visit once a year. Their Christmas carol service is particularly beautiful and uplifting.
Written 4 December 2023
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Kevin H
Crawley, UK2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Gaynor gave us a real insight into the history of the Cathedral as well as some fun facts about it. An excellent guide!
Written 1 December 2023
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Erik the Viking
Woking, UK134 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Cathedral is truly magnificent. We were fortunate enough to be in time for a guided tour which was extremely interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out many sights that would have been missed by just wandering round
We also did the tower tour later in the day. Again the tour guide was wealth of information.Do not take this tour if you are claustrophobic or suffer from bad mobility. If you do it rewards you with a wonderful view of the city
If you are going soon the Christmas market is located just outside
Written 30 November 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,302 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Brockenhurst staying at the delightful Cottage Lodge Hotel and - taking advantage of the excellent local train connections we visited Winchester earlier today.

Most of our visit was spent at the impressive Cathedral. After paying our £10 concession entrance fees we discovered that there are many Guided Tours. We duly joined one and were most fortunate to have Lorraine as our Guide as for the next hour or so she imparted a considerable amount of local knowledge - including the enormous contribution made by a certain William Walker in preventing the Cathedral from literally falling down!

This seriously enhanced our visit and I simply don’t understand why so many other visitors don’t take advantage of this option?

All in all, a most enjoyable visit which - thanks to Lorraine - exceeded my expectations!
Written 29 November 2023
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Diane J
Mealsgate, UK11 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
So disappointed to find expensive entry fee meant my friend and I could not afford to enter. What a blow! Other places have voluntary contributions- we’d have happily paid £5 each as a contribution. Please reconsider your entry prices and stop excluding people on a lower budget.
Written 19 November 2023
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ianb111
Melbourne, Australia696 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
For some time now, I have been longing to visit Winchester Cathedral. Now, with my recent trip, that longing has been fulfilled. I took so many photos that it took me an age to sort them al out, discarding those that were not relevant, or were not the best quality. No wonder a song was recorded about this cathedral in 1966.To see the beauty inside this amazing cathedral certainly does break your heart. I could go on and on with describing the cathedral, but words really do not do it justice. It has to be seen to be believed.
Written 19 November 2023
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SevenoaksJohn
Sevenoaks146 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Fantastic Building. Being a history lover I always make a point of visiting cathedrals. I was initially disappointed on arrival as there had been a service which delayed opening but obviously its a place of worship so perfectly understood.
On reopening I was first in ,in front of many others and was concerned that I may not get on a tour or there would be too many people however numbers dissipated and the guide soon took over.
It was a fabulous tour run by Ruth Stroud who was knowledgeable, informative and amusing . I will be back when next in the area
Written 18 November 2023
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David Titley
Lichfield, UK26 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Possibly the perfect visit experience. You pay to go in but then there are 3 free tour possibilities - roof - floor - Spooky crypt - and your ticket lasts a year[?] so you can return on different days to enjoy the tours. There is a big free Exhibition on the Winchester Bible too! The guides are marvellous - happy to chat, friendly, knowledgeable and easy-going. The building is one of the world's great works of architecture, full of stories ad full of Christian purpose and worship. Quite bowled over. Thank you To everyone for your hard work & smiles - especially the vergers.
Written 17 November 2023
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Margaret A
Woking, UK4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We always take friends and relations from Australia and NZ to the Cathedral. The reasons are obvious.
Written 16 November 2023
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waynio5
Narberth, UK184 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Bath Abbey and Chichester Cathedral are far more realistically priced. I’m sure there is a sound management decision for this charge but after all this is The House Of God and should be available to all people.
Written 5 November 2023
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