About Winchester Cathedral
Visit Winchester Cathedral for an unforgettable day packed with wonder and fun. Experience the fascinating history of this spectacular cathedral and marvel at the breath-taking architecture, art and treasures. Come in November or December to also enjoy the Christmas market and magical carol services. To truly make the most of your day, why not take part in a guided tour.
Experience history at Winchester Cathedral
A stunning example of architecture, Winchester Cathedral has been used as a place of worship for over 900 years. Throughout its long life, the cathedral has been connected to a variety of famous people including Jane Austen, the talented author, who was buried here, William Walker a deep-sea diver who prevented the cathedral from collapsing in the early 1900s and Josephine Butler who campaigned against human trafficking in 1882.
Winchester Cathedral also houses an impressive selection of art and treasures including sculptures, artefacts, carvings and paintings. The Morley Library is home to an incredible collection of nearly 2,000 rare books with the original 17th Century carved shelves. In addition, the Winchester Bible can be found in the cathedral, an amazing 800-year-old bible with gold and lapis lazuli details.
The architecture of Winchester Cathedral makes it a destination for any art lover with various styles such as Gothic Nave, Renaissance Chantry and more displayed. The beautiful chapels showcase an array of architectural designs not to be missed, while the cathedral’s exterior is an eye-catching example of 11th to 16th century architecture.
Winchester Cathedral Christmas market
Between the 17TH November – 21st December, the magical Christmas Market can be found next to the cathedral. Take a gentle stroll by the stunning, festive wooden chalets where a wide selection of authentic gifts are sold. Visitors can sample the delicious foods on offer and stay cosy with a toasty warm mulled wine while listening to Christmas Carols and marvelling at the talented performers on the community stage. The atmosphere is electric, making a trip to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market a unique, immersive experience for guests of any age.
What’s on at Winchester Cathedral
Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy different events and activities at Winchester Cathedral. Immerse yourself in a light & sound show, sing-along to one of the beautiful carol services or take a guided tour to explore and learn all about the Cathedral’s history and amazing features. Browse upcoming events.
Winchester Cathedral is at its core a place for worship and sanctuary. Everyone is welcome to attend the daily services. There is no admission charge for worship and prayer.
Things to do for kids
Young visitors will find a visit to the Cathedral a fun and rewarding experience. There is are many free and interactive trails for kids to follow as they explore the cathedral and discover the remarkable history of this building.
Don’t forget to visit the Kings & Scribes exhibition where children are able to design their own stained glass window, meet the cathedral scribes, unearth the mysteries of the mortuary chests and more. Older kids (aged 12+) can also take part in a tower tour where they can climb to new heights, enjoy spectacular views and brave confined spaces throughout the cathedral.
Adult – £12.50
Concession – £10
Student – £6.50
Children under 16 (with family) – Free
For Groups, the special rate per person will be £10pp.
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Please be reminded that entry for worship and prayer will always be free of charge. Box Office: 01962857275