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The Hospital of St Cross & Almshouse of Noble Poverty

Address: St Cross Road, Winchester, SO23 9SD
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Founded just 65 years after the Norman invasion, The Hospital of St Cross was created by a young French monk and nobleman, Henri De Blois, Bishop of Winchester, who was the grandson of William the Conqueror. It remains a Christian almshouse for elderly men. The Hospital (the word denotes hospitality) welcomes visitors to its magnificent private Chapel, the Church of St Cross. Modestly priced tickets are available at the Porter’s Lodge. After enjoying the ancient medieval hall, old kitchen and gardens, they can receive the Wayfarers’ Dole or visit our Hundred Men’s Hall tea room (summer only).

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By road:

St Cross Hospital is one mile south of Winchester city centre, midway between Junction 11 of the M3 and Winchester, alongside the Bell public house.

From M3: Exit the motorway at junction 11. Follow the signs towards Winchester. From the B3335 (St Cross Road) turn right immediately after The Bell Public House into the hospital driveway. Parking for visitors is along the right-hand of the driveway (when approaching the Hospital). There are spaces for up to 10 cars.

By foot:

St Cross is a delightful walk of less than a mile from the City Centre, passing the Cathedral and College and walking beside the River Itchen. The route is signposted.

By public transport:

Bluestar No 1 bus along Southgate Street every 5 mins: alight at The Bell Inn.

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We have disabled toilets and allow guide dogs on site. There is disabled access into the Chapel. (A new lift is hoped to be in place for later in the year to allow access to the Brethren’s Hall – at this moment this room is inaccessible to wheelchair users due to several steps)

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Adults: £7.50

Senior/Student: £5.00

Child (under 13): £4.00

Under 5s: Free

Family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children under 12): £16.00

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The Hospital of St Cross including the Church and Brethren Hall:

Summer (1st April to 31st October):
9.30am-5.00pm (Monday to Saturday)
1pm-5pm (Sundays)

Winter (1st November to 31st March):
10.30am-3.30pm (Monday to Saturday)
Closed on Sunday except for church services

Tea Room:

Summer (1st April to 31st October):
Monday to Saturday 10-.30-12.30 and 2.30-4.30 (closed between 12.30pm and 2.30pm)
Sunday 2.30-4.30

Visitors are advised that on occasional days there may be some areas of the hospital that are closed to the public due to private events.

Wherever possible notice is given on the St Cross Hospital website.

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