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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. Put Winchester Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Winchester trip generator.
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  • Being a wet afternoon my wife and I decided to visit the cathedral as there was no sign of a the weather improving, once inside we were warmly welcomed and invited to listen to the choir before explor...  more »
  • This place is beyond beautiful. The history whispers to you from the walls. Although we felt the entry price was a bit high at first, it made it much more reasonable that it means you can go to the ca...  more »
  • We visited Winchester on a day of heavy showers. Cathedral staff were very welcoming. The Cathedral is a must see too. We then had lunch at the Cathedral Cafe. Their sausage roll and salad was out of ...  more »
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  • Stunning architecture, good services and events going on inside, great food, drinks and services such as toilets, shops, etc are really useful and very good. A must visit place even if you live in Winchester!
  • One of the most beautiful & historic cathedrals in Europe. Beautiful setting near City Centre with nice Park & close to famous market & Christmas Market.
  • 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 :)
  • 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 be adored as it deserves.
  • Called to see the "quite famous" Thomas Thetcher Grenadier headstone - should not have been suprised to note how anononymous it was. Well trodden grass around it and deserved a clean up - but very peaceful surroundings - perfect for reflection