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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  • Huge beautiful roof, lots to see, gorgeous woodwork, really a must to visit. You can even get a tour but we prefer our own way
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  • Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to visit it from within, but from the outside it looks majestic and you have to at least visit it from outside and then turn around in the Green!
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  • Absolutely brilliant cathedral. Could have spent the day there. The price includes excellent tours. Don't miss Jane Austin's grave (in the floor not on the wall!).  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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Where to stay in Winchester

Hotels, B&Bs, and inns offer rooms on the upper floors of the historical town center's Victorian, Georgian, and Tudor buildings. These look out over the pedestrian streets, markets, and shops, as well as provide a convenient location to the main attractions. Cottages for rent near the River Itchen are set among thick trees near the water, but are still within walking distance of many of the city attractions.
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