Is Winchester Cathedral Open?
Winchester Cathedral is open for services, private prayer and reflection. From the 17th of May, visitors will be warmly welcomed back following Government guidance that indoor visitor attractions can re-open from this date. Tours and exhibitions including the famous Tower Tour and the Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation exhibition will also be available to the public once again.
The Cathedral Café is open for takeaway, including hot and cold drinks, scones, cakes and pastries which can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating that is available in the garden and open-air terrace. The Cathedral gift shop is also open, selling a wide range of unique gifts and souvenirs. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.
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.
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.
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
Under 16s: Free