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.
Winchester Cathedral Reviews
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 »
Stunning cathedral.. It was the best cathedral i have ever seen. When you see the interior, on the first look you can tell that it's taken from another century, very large, astonishing and stunning. Beautiful architecture and many corners to discover. It's definitely a must go when you are visiting Winchester. It's also very clean and there is always friendly staff to help you. Highly recommend that place...
This is a lovely cathedral and the £10 admission fee was worth it for the special flower exhibition alone. The exhibition called "illumination" had flower arrangements spread through the cathedral and themed/inspired by the Winchester Bible. Don't miss the plaque inside the cathedral where Jane Austen was laid to rest. The choir stalls and altar are beautiful. Spent two hours visiting exploring the cathedral and exhibition.
Breathtaking Flower Festival! Amazingly beautiful, creative and thought provoking. What dedication and endless hours work that must have gone into creating this subtle spectical. Maybe my only criticism would be that it was allowed to become far too overcrowded for comfortable enjoyment and appreciation. It did seem to attract a large number of wheelchair users and very slow moving elderly walking stick users. Perhaps timed ticket entry might be an idea?
Absolutely stunning architecture, demonstrates 3 different eras of architecture from the development of the cathedral. Would definitely recommend the guided tour as it adds much depth to the history of this beautiful place. Very enthusiastic guide and she was obviously very passionate. Would highly recommend.
The cathedral is a splendid work of architecture, and the Flower Festival there today displayed so much colour. Food in the refectory is always fresh and wholesome. Toilet facilities are very sparse and need upgrading, hence only four stars.
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