Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

4.5
Must see · Church · Historic Site
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 visited here in November 2020 and it was so quiet due to the silly Covid rules and up and coming lockdown. Some tour guides were present and ALL of them were so friendly, kind and welcoming. We...  more »
  • Entry ticket last for one year , so well worth the price. Wonderful interior. Jane Austens' grave well sign posted . A leaflet was given on entry so you can see the attractions by yourself. Only...  more »
  • Acoustically brilliant, amazing stone screen - never seen anything like it, brilliant features and unique heritage. Yes it costs to enter but this is a very important building and expensive to...  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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