Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

4.5
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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  • We had the one hour guided tour of the inside of the cathedral and so glad we did. So much information from the guide who shared things we'd never have known otherwise. Particularly enjoyed seeing the...  more »
  • We planned our visit to coincide with a mid-day concert which made an amazing difference because it brought the Cathedral to life with the music and singing of the very talented young men in the choir...  more »
  • Beautiful setting in beautiful Winchester. Such an impressive place which is well maintained and a must see  more »
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  • I absolutely love the Cathedral. It used to be one of my favourite places when I was a child. The history is fascinating and the building itself is beautiful. The gardens are stunning and looked after. An absolutely gorgeous place to spend a couple of hours with family or friends.
  • I was little underwhelmed by the venue Maybe me but I expected given its reputation and history a bit more. The entry fee of £9.50 for a concetion which I thought reasonable in today's world and we were given a guide which was very informative and appreciated. No restriction on photo's as some venues have. All in all a pleasant experience and the entry ticket valid for a year which is common now a days.
  • Great way to relive the history of the relationship between Kings and the Church. The building and relics allow you meditate and hover between past and present. Opens your mind and gives you the opportunity to reflect on many historical events that had influenced traditions.
  • Can spend hours herein. For best experience do join a tour group and listen to the guide. Before leaving the Cathedral, sit in silence for a while and feel the past (and the Spirit).
  • So much English history enshrined in one place and so many famous figure heads but it was William Walker the deep sea diver who saved the cathedral from flooding and has his own place in the annals. Ironically the crypt and Gormley's statue was bone dry. This place is inspirational and I will return.
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