Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

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Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with a nave that's one of the longest in all of Europe. The blend of Norman and Gothic architecture is a sight to behold. Underneath the ornate arches, a collection of memorials and artwork spans centuries. The haphazard appearance of the stained glass in the west window is a result of the destruction wrought by Oliver Cromwell's forces during the English Civil War. In 1660, the broken glass was gathered up and rearranged randomly. Look for the flooded crypt, where a statue called Sound II looks as if it is floating on top of the water. Note the Russian Orthodox influence of the St. Smithun's Memorial, designed by Sergei Fyodorov. Use our Winchester trip planner to add Winchester Cathedral and other attractions to your Winchester vacation plans.
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  • This is a wonderful cathedral bought alive by a very informative and lively guide. I would recommend joining a guided tour as he told us so much we would have missed. The cathedral is majestic and gra...  more »
  • Well worth seeing, one of the oldest cathedrals in the UK as it predates the Norman conquest. To get the best join one of the guided tours as you get more out of the visit if things are explained  more »
  • This is a beautiful building with the most amazing ceiling - you will end up with a crick in your neck but it’s worth it. I learnt a lot about local history as well as about the cathedral, I had no id...  more »
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  • Worth a visit but £8 entry was a bit steep I felt. Paid it to finish off a day of touring Jane Austen country, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the rest of the cathedral.
  • Stunning famous Cathedral, well worth a visit. Café and bars over looking its grounds and historic buildings all around. If you visit Winchester, seeing the Cathedral is a must.
  • Magnificent! Well worth a visit, we were lucky enough to hear the choir preparing for EVENSONG, magical!
  • Some very fine carving, leaded and stain glass windows, gift shop cafe/restaurant and WC a short walk from the main exit.
  • Beautiful Cathedral, architect is amazing love the bible. Lovely location and surrounding shops and restaurants.

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