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Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe. Nestled at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, this magnificent Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon royalty, bishops and Jane Austen, the much-loved English novelist.

Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the impressive Cathedral you see today. Winchester Cathedral has its roots in the 7th Century, when England’s pagan monarchy first became Christians. Located on the site of an early Christian church, Winchester Cathedral’s foundations were laid in 1079 and it has been a place of worship ever since. 
Winchester Cathedral is also one of the largest Cathedrals in the UK, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic Cathedral in Europe. Marvel at stunning architecture, beautiful stained glass windows and medieval woodwork as you explore this vast and ancient place of worship.

Priceless treasures and great works of art can also be found at Winchester Cathedral, including the spectacular Winchester Bible, the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English Bibles.

One of the best ways to discover the Cathedral is with a CathedralGuide, who will take you on a journey through over 1,000 years of history. Tours are available on the hour from 10.00-15.00 Monday - Saturday. Visitors who are feeling adventurous can also explore the atmospheric crypt, home to Antony Gormley’s sculpture Sound II, or climb the Cathedral Tower.*

Visitors are welcome to join in worship, with services at least three times daily. The Cathedral Choir sings at Choral Evensong on most days during term times and visiting choirs regularly sing during school holidays.

Don't miss the annual Christmas Market in the historic Inner Close from 21 November - 22 December 2019 , widely regarded as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. You'll also find a real Ice Rink, spectacularly situated in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral from 21 November 2019 - 2 January 2020.

*Admission charges apply to Crypt and Tower Tours.
Please note: A new three-level exhibition experience ‘Kings and Scribes’ is being created at Winchester Cathedral to showcase the Cathedral’s remarkable history and heritage. As a result, the South Transept is currently closed to visitors.

Admission: £8.50

Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday 9.30-17.00.

Visitors are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled closing time.

Getting There

Nearest Station: Winchester

9 The Close,
SO23 9LS

Phone Number: +44 (0)1962 857200

Website: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

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