Hospital of St Cross
Hospital of St Cross
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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  • Getaway725709
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An architectural beauty in a fantastic setting
    We (couple in our 60s) much preferred this to the cathedral. The church is a fantastic piece of Norman architecture. The hall and old kitchen are interesting and well presented and the overall atmosphere of almshouses, garden and riverside setting are lovely. The staff and volunteers are charming and there’s a nice cafe with outdoor seating. Well worth the stroll from the city centre
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • David Titley
    Lichfield, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Olde Englande - a place and a foundation like no other!
    One of the few places where you really feel that you have stepped into the past. the buildings survive in their original appearance - th great ahll still has its central fire and no chimney. I watched the residents pass me in their gowns on the way to morning prayer and joined them. The minister thanked me for taking part. the church is enormous for such a small community and the setting is a delight next to the river - a two mile walk from the city centre along a good footpath suitable for Wheelchairs - LOADs of folk make the walk, evening, morning or afternoon. And for free you can partake of a piece of bread and a drink of small beer as pilgrims have done for centuries!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Sarah B
    Teignmouth, United Kingdom267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tranquil spot in this ancient city
    If you enjoy a gentle mooch around seriously old and atmospheric buildings St. Cross Hospital, a short(ish) walk from the bustling centre of Winchester, is a must for you. St. Cross Hospital was founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, a grandson of William the Conqueror, who had become Bishop of Winchester in 1129 at the age of 28. The Hospital was founded to house thirteen poor men and feed one hundred men at the gate every day. The almshouses were added in the fifteenth century and they continue to house up to twenty-five retired men.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 January 2024
  • kirstine2013
    Albuquerque, New Mexico802 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil oasis in a busy world
    We discovered this little architectural gem when looking down from St Catherine's Hill, coming to understand that the two places were historically connected. Even though unable to tour the chapel and other buildings, we learnt that the hospital was originally built as an almshouse to feed the poor and hungry in 1136, a function that still exists. The setting is so tranquil; it feeds the soul as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
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kirstine2013
Albuquerque, NM802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We discovered this little architectural gem when looking down from St Catherine's Hill, coming to understand that the two places were historically connected. Even though unable to tour the chapel and other buildings, we learnt that the hospital was originally built as an almshouse to feed the poor and hungry in 1136, a function that still exists. The setting is so tranquil; it feeds the soul as well.
Written 26 March 2024
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Sarah B
Teignmouth, UK267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
If you enjoy a gentle mooch around seriously old and atmospheric buildings St. Cross Hospital, a short(ish) walk from the bustling centre of Winchester, is a must for you. St. Cross Hospital was founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, a grandson of William the Conqueror, who had become Bishop of Winchester in 1129 at the age of 28. The Hospital was founded to house thirteen poor men and feed one hundred men at the gate every day. The almshouses were added in the fifteenth century and they continue to house up to twenty-five retired men.
Written 21 January 2024
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David Titley
Lichfield, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
One of the few places where you really feel that you have stepped into the past. the buildings survive in their original appearance - th great ahll still has its central fire and no chimney. I watched the residents pass me in their gowns on the way to morning prayer and joined them. The minister thanked me for taking part. the church is enormous for such a small community and the setting is a delight next to the river - a two mile walk from the city centre along a good footpath suitable for Wheelchairs - LOADs of folk make the walk, evening, morning or afternoon. And for free you can partake of a piece of bread and a drink of small beer as pilgrims have done for centuries!
Written 17 November 2023
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing place and incredible that it was founded the 12th century.
The master's garden is beautiful and tranquil.
Well worth a visit.
Written 12 September 2023
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Fotheringay
London, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Not a hospital in the modern sense, but a collection of fine buildings based around a still active (and private) Almshouse. Wander between medieval architecture, the spiritual comfort of a church that dates back to the Normans, and find tranquility in the gardens and large pond.

Time your visit correctly to also enjoy a hearty snack at the Porters Lodge Cafe before entering the complex proper. The laminate guide and take home paper leaflet available on entry are both excellent and add to one's visit.

Finally be sure to ask for the Wayfare's Dole, and you musk ask FOR it, not ABOUT it to fully enter into the spirit as well as the spirituality of the place.

St Cross is a pleasant half hour plus walk from central Winchester, enjoyable in itself on a fine day, although some of the pathway signage along the way could do with an overhaul.
Written 22 June 2023
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Getaway725709
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We (couple in our 60s) much preferred this to the cathedral. The church is a fantastic piece of Norman architecture. The hall and old kitchen are interesting and well presented and the overall atmosphere of almshouses, garden and riverside setting are lovely. The staff and volunteers are charming and there’s a nice cafe with outdoor seating. Well worth the stroll from the city centre
Written 18 June 2023
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Mirna M
Perth, UK63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Away from city centre 1.3 m. We walked but possible to take a bus. There are not guided tours although I wish there are one. Also Brothers Building not possible to see (understandable) but it could be one room keep for the public. I was also disappointed with Ambulatory. Nothing much to see there but I'm sure these walls could talk and someone could tell stories. The best is that you can ask for a Wayfarer's Dole and you will get a beer and bread. This site is a gem. Visit it.
Written 6 March 2023
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Abigail M
Winchester, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Many tourists and visitors tend to miss these extraordinary building as its a bit off the beaten track and most people make a bee line for Winchester cathedral BUT you can do the most beautiful walk through the water meadows from one to the other. Water on either side of you - wildflowers, Saint Catherine’s Hill, some pretty allotments, the playing fields of Winchester College. When you arrive there’s a pleasant tea room a fascinating church and a beautiful walled garden as well as the ancient Arms Houses. A real treat if you like history and Nature!
Written 23 February 2023
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK2,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Beautiful historical church and almshouses - worth popping in for 30 mins/an hour to take in the calm. We visited in late autumn but it would be better in the spring when the walled garden would be in flower. The tearoom is nice (closed November to March). The church has a beautiful original painted ceiling and some nice stained glass windows. Great to see the original features dating back to the 14th century.
Written 3 November 2022
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CanberraSteve38
Canberra233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The St Cross Hospital is historically so significant and so beautiful. There is a lot to see and appreciate -- an institution that is still providing charitable service after so many centuries. The walk from Winchester's centre was a highlight in itself. But what impressed me so much was the friendliness of the place -- the delightful staff in the hospital's café, the reception staff, and the brother whom I was fortunate enough to speak to in the café.
Written 31 May 2022
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