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 £7.50
Concession £5.50
Student £4

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.  

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, £7.50 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). 

Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Children’s Trail: Fossils Rock! at Winchester Cathedral

25 May to 01 Nov
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Winchester Cathedral is supporting the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s big theme for 2015 – Dinosaurs!
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Wire Craft

06 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Mobiles

11 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Fun with Clay

13 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Dinosaurs!

18 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Paper Craft

20 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Outside Theatre: The Three Musketeers

21 Aug
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Once again Winchester Cathedral welcomes back Illyria for the 2015 summer outside theatre programme.
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Wire Sculpture

25 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral Summer Activities
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Children's Holiday Activities: Mobiles

27 Aug
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Summer Craft Activities at the Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Outside Theatre: Taming of the Shrew

28 Aug
Winchester Cathedral
Once again Winchester Cathedral welcomes back Illyria for the 2015 summer outside theatre programme.
Singers from the performance the Choral Pilgrimage 2015: Flight of Angels - (c) Arnaud Stephenson
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The Choral Pilgrimage 2015: Flight of Angels

04 Sep
Winchester Cathedral
Join world-renowned choir The Sixteen on a journey back to 16th-century Seville - one of the wealthiest & most cosmopolitan cities on earth
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Special Tour: The Marriage of England and Spain

16 Sep
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Find out about the most famous wedding ever to have taken place in the Cathedral.
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Stained Glass Tour and Tea

19 Sep
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The Cathedral has Glass spanning a period of nearly 700 years.
Winchester Cathedral empty nave
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Lights in the Darkness Evening Tours

21 Sep to 26 Sep
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Opportunity to view the Cathedral at night, lit by candlelight
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Special Tour: Curious and Mysterious

23 Sep
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This tour will explain some curious and mysterious happenings connected to the Cathedral.
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Special Tour: Hidden Places

30 Sep
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On this tour the chapels will be open and visitors will be allowed inside to see.
Outside Winchester Cathedral at the Harvest weekend
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Harvest weekend at Winchester Cathedral

03 Oct to 04 Oct
Winchester Cathedral
A free family event celebrating the County’s food and farming.
Winchester Cathedral exterior on a sunny day
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Special Tour: This Royal House of Kings and Saints

07 Oct
Winchester Cathedral
This tour will look at the Anglo Saxon Minster.
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink
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Christmas Market & Ice Rink

19 Nov to 04 Jan
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Celebrate Christmas at Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market and Ice Rink
Winchester High Street - Christmas lights
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Christmas Lantern Procession

27 Nov
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A beautiful procession of Christmas Lanterns in the centre of Wincehster
Winchester Cathedral empty nave
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Gloria!

27 Feb
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