Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

About This Attraction

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.

Walking through the length of the Cathedral’s vast nave, looking up at the impressive vaulted ceiling is an experience that all ages will enjoy. A free children’s trail brings the Cathedral to life in a fun and interactive way, encouraging families to crawl on their knees, find hedgehogs and monkeys and discover the story of the deep sea diver who saved the Cathedral with his bare hands.

Cathedral Tours are available free of charge and offer a great introduction for everyone over about 8 or 9 years old to the Cathedral, its history and treasures. Hear about Winchester during Anglo-Saxon times and what happened when the Normans invaded. Tours are great for academic projects and extra-curricular school support.

Tower tours are fun for older children who are happy with heights and confined spaces. They carry an additional charge and a minimum age requirement of 12 years but climbing the turret, seeing the bell chamber, panoramic views from the top and a walk through the huge nave roof is an impressive experience for children and adults alike.

Although there is no official parking for the attraction, we’ve compiled some of the best nearby options.

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

Adult: £9.95

Concession: £8.00

Student: £6.50

Under 16s (with family): Free

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.


Baby changing facilities
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


Cathedral Office
9 The Close
SO23 9LS


01962 857 200


[email protected]


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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.

Winchester Cathedral parking guide

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