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.
From the VIC 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.
Winchester Cathedral welcomes groups, large and small.
Taking a guided tour with one of the cathedral’s expert guides can make the visit all the more special so they encourage group organisers to make use of their guides where possible. Read more about group visits to Winchester Cathedral here.
Don’t miss Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, a spectacular new three-level exhibition in the South Transept which takes visitors through 1,000 years of history, exploring Winchester Cathedral’s captivating story and showcasing some of the nation’s greatest treasures. Highlights include the Winchester Bible, the 17th-century Morley Library and the story of the Cathedral’s mortuary chests, believed to contain the remains of Saxon royalty.
There are four exciting galleries to explore – find out more here…
Adult – £9.95
Concession – £8.00
Student – £6.50
Children under 16 (with family) – Free
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.
On occasion, for special services and events, temporary closures or limited access are necessary. If you are making a special visit please do check our list of temporary closures.
Mon – Sat: 9am – 5pm
Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 3.30pm
Open daily: 10am – 4pm. Takeaways and outdoor seating available.
Kings & Scribes: The Birth of a Nation (Including the Morley Library).
Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Mon – Sat: 9am – 5pm
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