Winchester Cathedral

An inspiring day out for all ages.

Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

A free children’s trail, written by a professional children’s writer, offers families a fun and informative look at the Cathedral and introduces them to some of the characters associated with its colourful past and present.

Cathedral Guides offer tours of the Cathedral each hour from 10am – 3pm and tours of the crypt at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

A wide range of events take place throughout the year. From classical concerts, open-air theatre and themed lunches to children’s holiday activities, exhibitions and a major Christmas Market and real Ice Rink.

The Cathedral Café, with its pretty garden and open-air terrace, is the perfect place to stop for mid-morning coffee and pastry, delicious homemade lunch or Hampshire cream tea. The Cathedral Shop sells a wide range of unique gifts, souvenirs and CDs of the famous Cathedral Choir.

Evensong held at 5.30pm Monday – Saturday and 3.30pm Sunday

Occasionally the Cathedral may need to close for special services and events. All temporary closures are listed in the Cathedral website.

  • Wheelchair access to Cathedral ground floor and upper ground floor via a chairlift
  • Induction loop
  • Touch and hearing facility
  • Braille guide
  • Sensory trail for pre-booked groups
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access to the Visitors’ Centre

Winchester Cathedral is open all year, though is occasionally closed to the public for special services and events. All temporary closures are listed in the Cathedral website.

Adult £7.50
Concession £5.50
Student £4

Free entry for children visiting with family. 


From the TIC turn left and walk up the High Street shopping area. Take the 2nd turning left into Market St. The Cathedral is straight ahead with the Visitor Centre, (Shop, Refectory & Paul Woodhouse Suite) located opposite the cathedral on the right.

The Cathedral is signposted from the city centre.

On occasions the Cathedral may be closed for private services or events, it is always advisable to check before visiting.  Some of the closures we are currently aware of are as follows:

Friday 10th October - Cathedral closed until 1.30pm for Funeral of Bishop Michael
Saturday 11th October - Cathedral closed from 9am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th October inclusive - Cathedral closed for Winchester University Graduation
Saturday 18th October - Cathedral closed 11am - 1.30pm for Women in Ministry service

Please also note:

The Triforium Gallery is now closed and due to reopen in August 2016. The Morley Library and Winchester Bible are now also closed but will be open on Saturday 27 September only. After this they will be closed and due to reopen in August 2016.

The South Transept will be closed for a period of up to 8 weeks from Monday 22 September, after which it will partially reopen, with limited access whilst the works take place on the above.

The Quire and Presbytery will be closed for a period of up to 8 weeks from Monday 22 September, reopening to visitors thereafter.

We are currently conserving and restoring The Renaissance Mortuary Chests. They are currently in The Lady Chapel, and not available to view and The Lady Chapel is therefore closed for a period of up to 2 years.


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