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Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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. Put Winchester Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Winchester trip generator.
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The cathedral has an amazing history and there are tours every 30 minutes with wonderful guides. You can lose yourself for at least half a day.
The cathedral is full of history with elements from many different centuries. We wanted to see the Winchester Bible but by the time we got to it it was a couple of minutes after 4pm and it was closed.... read more »
Don't get me wrong, I understand that the maintenance must be sky high but I object to any church insisting on payment before I am allowed to enter. £7.95 isn't a bank buster but if they are charging ... read more »
One of the most amazing cathedral in England due to its size and history. Highly recommended. You can find the way to enter for free if you can't pay 7.50£ One of the parts is full of water as curiousity. On Christmas, there is a nice market in front of the entrance and you can assist to beautiful concerts inside the cathedral.
Wonderful piece of art, a must see. Entry fee is a bit steep if you travel in a large group.
The only reason I am not giving Winchester Cathedral 5 stars is due to the entry price. £7.50 each (and that doesn't include a trip up the tower?) !? Although the tickets last for the year, it still seems a bit expensive particularly as they aren't transferable and we shall probably not get round to returning, despite wishing to see the results of the works that are currently in progress. Having said all that, it was an interesting and enjoyable experience. The staff (who I gather were all volunteers?!?) were knowledgeable, friendly and very welcoming. Using my observations to read between the lines, it seemed to me there is a good community behind the workings of Winchester Cathedral. Our visit to the Cathedral was my favourite bit of our stay in Winchester, thank you :)
Luke Woods Dorset Photographer
The spiritual home of Anglo Saxon England. King Alfred the Great ruled from here. The Cathedral is a jewel in the national wealth of built architecture and must be seen in person to adored as it deserves.
My partner and I payed £7.50 each to look round the Cathedral. We thought this was quite expensive although we thoroughly enjoyed it. However when we left we were rather annoyed to discover that the ticket desk had closed, no staff were present and people were able to walk in and look around for free!
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