Winchester Cathedral

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Jane Austen, who died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, is buried in the Cathedral’s north nave aisle. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death. A series of events, tours, talks and exhibitions will be held throughout the year. More here.

Winchester Cathedral boasts a fascinating history, glimpses of which can be discovered as you explore the building. There’s animals and beasts carved in stone and wood, mortuary chests containing the bones of Anglo Saxon kings and a great west window filled with the original medieval stained glass shattered by Oliver Cromwell’s troops. Added to this you’ll find contemporary works of art including a sculpture by celebrated British artist Antony Gormley in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of the Cathedral crypt and the grave of England’s great novelist Jane Austen.

The Cathedral is open every day of the year, except for necessary closures.

Cathedral, Crypt and Treasury:
Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sun: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Admission price 

Adult
£7.95 (annual pass)

Child
Free (when visiting with family)

Why should I visit?

    • Free family trail - a fun and creative trail designed to bring the Cathedral's history, events and characters to life.
    • Awesome architecture - explore and discover the Cathedral's magnificent architecture; marvel at its huge scale, beautiful details and hidden spaces
    • Run wild - stretch your legs or enjoy a picnic in the pretty gardens and green spaces surrounding the Cathedral.
    • Tea time - The Refectory has a great choice of fresh, seasonal and homemade food and drink and outdoor seating.
    • Christmas - the famous Christmas Market and real ice rink, now featuring a clear-span roof, provides a perfect winter playground.

Facilities

Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
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Where to find us

Address

Cathedral Office
9 The Close
Winchester
SO23 9LS

Find us online

By car
Conveniently located just off the M3 (Junctions 9, 10 & 11) from London (1 hour 30 minutes) and Southampton (20 minutes), A34 from Newbury (35 minutes)/Oxford (1 hour), and A30 from Salisbury (40 minutes). Use Park & Ride or follow signs for city centre parking.

By train
Winchester is just under an hour by direct train from Waterloo and is easily and quickly accessible from the following destinations: Basingstoke: 20 minutes, Birmingham: 2 hours 20 minutes, Southampton: 20 minutes, Poole: 1 hour 5 minutes, Bournemouth: 50 minutes, Portsmouth: 1 hour, Brockenhurst (for New Forest): 30 minutes. Approximately 10-20 minute walk to the Cathedral from the station.

By bus
Walk from Winchester Bus Station takes approximately 5 minutes.

Kids activities

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  • Explore the Cathedral: walk in the footsteps of kings and queens
  • Find dragons, animals and angels carved and painted in the windows, wood and stone
  • Free family trail
  • Find out about the Cathedral's funny characters, amazing events and strange traditions
  • Children's menu & free baby food
  • Open garden and walled terrace