Winchester Cathedral

www.visitwinchester.co.uk/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 £7.95
Concession £5.95
Student £4.45

Free entry for children visiting with family. 

Road

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.

Current closures:

Fri 25 Mar - Good Friday – Cathedral closed to visitors 11am – 3pm (see service listings)
Sun 24 Apr - Cathedral closed to visitors 12 noon – 4.30pm
Thu 5 May - Cathedral closed to visitors 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Sat 7 May - Cathedral closed to visitors 9am – 12 noon
Mon 30 May - East End and Transepts closed to visitors 3.30pm – 5pm
Thu 7 Jul - Cathedral closed to visitors 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Sat 16 Jul - Cathedral closed to visitors 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Mon 5 Sep - Cathedral closed to visitors 9.30am – 11.15am
Thu 22 Sep - Cathedral closed to visitors 1pm – 4pm
Sat 8 Oct - Cathedral closed to visitors 10am – 12.30pm
Sat 26 Nov - Cathedral closed to visitors 11am – 1.45pm

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 partially open with limited access whilst the works take place on the above.

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.

 

Enjoy the Winchester Cathedral Children’s Trail which helps families explore this magnificent building, learning about its history, characters and events in fun and unexpected ways.

Admission fees apply, £7.95 for adults and free for children under 16 visiting with family.

Admission is for 12 months and they can visit as often as they like within this time during normal Cathedral opening hours (excluding special events). 

Yorke-Dance.jpg
What's on

Yorke Dance Project present Dancing Sacred

03 May
Winchester Cathedral
Chamber choir
What's on

Chamber Choir Concert

07 May
Winchester Cathedral
Call My Bluff logo
What's on

An Evening of ‘Call My Bluff’

11 May
Winchester Cathedral
Fundraising evening at Winchester Cathedral
Sound II in Cathedral crypt
What's on

Modern Art Tour with Coffee and Cake

14 May
City centre
Discover the Cathedral's works of art with one of the guides.
What's on

The Dream of Gerontius

14 May
Winchester Cathedral
Concert at Winchester Cathedral w
Musical notes
What's on

Elgar’s The Music Maker - concert

21 May
Winchester Cathedral
Concert at Winchester Cathedral
Aled Jones
What's on

Aled Jones Cathedral Tour - concert

26 May
Winchester Cathedral
Concert at Winchester Cathedral with Aled Jones
War-Memorial
What's on

World War I Tour and Cream Tea

27 May
Winchester Cathedral
The-Sixteen
What's on

The Sixteen - A Deer's Cry - concert

28 May
Winchester Cathedral
Concert at Winchester Cathedral with The Sixteen
Hidden
What's on

Summer Exhibition - Hidden

01 Jun to 17 Jul
Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
What's on

Celebratory Weekend

11 Jun to 12 Jun
Winchester Cathedral
A celebratory weekend marking both the Winchester Cathedral Dean's retirement and the 90th birthday of HM The Queen including a street party
Stained glass
What's on

Stained Glass Tour with Coffee and Cake

18 Jun
Winchester Cathedral
music logo.jpg
What's on

Southampton Philharmonic Choir - concert

18 Jun
Winchester Cathedral
Concert at Winchester Cathedra
War-Memorial
What's on

World War I Tour and Cream Tea

24 Jun
Winchester Cathedral
Jane Austen
What's on

Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake

02 Jul
City centre
Jane Austen's life in Winchester
Stonemasons-festival
What's on

Stonemasons Festival

08 Jul to 10 Jul
Winchester Cathedral
Mortuary Chest
What's on

Children's Trail: Royal Blood

01 Aug to 31 Aug
Winchester Cathedral
Jane Austen
What's on

Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake

06 Aug
City centre
Jane Austen's life in Winchester
Jane Austen
What's on

Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake

03 Sep
City centre
Jane Austen's life in Winchester
Light-into-Darkness-Tour
What's on

Lights in the Darkness - evening tours

19 Sep to 23 Sep
Winchester Cathedral
Horses at the Hampshire harvest festival
What's on

Harvest Festival

01 Oct to 02 Oct
Winchester Cathedral
Visit the Hampshire Harvest Weekend for a weekend of food and farming fun in the Cathedral Close.
Jane Austen
What's on

Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake

01 Oct
City centre
Jane Austen's life in Winchester
Jane Austen
What's on

Jane Austen Tour with Coffee and Cake

05 Nov
City centre
Jane Austen's life in Winchester

Related categories

You might also like

  • Mrs Williams B&B
    Where to stay

    Mr & Mrs Williams

    City Centre
    Victorian house overlooking Orams Arbour within easy walking distance of the city centre.
  • Forte Kitchen interior
    Food & drink

    Forte Kitchen

    City Centre
    Forte Kitchen, an independent restaurant serving locally sourced British food
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant
    Food & drink

    Sakura Japanese Restaurant

    City centre
    SAKURA is Winchester's newest Japanese Restaurant and only Teppanyaki dining experience!
  • Interior view of Kyoto Kitchen
    Food & drink

    Kyoto Kitchen

    City centre
    Kyoto Kitchen are pleased to offer a wide selection of menus that both tempt and delight.
  • Rick Stein: Dover Sole Meuniere Copyright DavidGriffenPhotography.co.uk
    Food & drink

    Rick Stein

    City Centre
    Rick Stein’s restaurant in Winchester serves classic seafood dishes.
  • Mercure Wessex Hotel Main Entrance
    Where to stay

    Mercure Wessex Hotel

    City centre
    The 4 star Wessex Hotel is situated in the heart of historic Winchester, adjacent to the 900 year old Cathedral.
  • Magdalen House B&B
    Where to stay

    Magdalen House

    City Centre
    Magdalen House has a city centre location with its own onsite parking.
  • Fish Tale Chef
    Food & drink

    Fish Tale

    City Centre
    The delicious menu at Fish Tale is brimming with exquisite yet simple seafood dishes that will have you visiting again and again