Winchester Cathedral

LOCATION

WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE

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The longest medieval church in Europe, founded in 1079 on a site where Christian worship had already been offered for over 400 years. Among its treasures are the 12th-century illuminated Winchester Bible, the font, medieval wall paintings and Triforium Gallery Museum. Items of interest include Jane Austen's tomb and the statue of the Winchester diver, William Walker, who in 1905 saved the cathedral from collapse by underpinning its foundations, working up to six hours a day over a period of six years, often in 20 feet of water. Visitors can also descend into the crypt to see a sculpture by Antony Gormley, best known as creator of The Angel of The North, or ascend to the tower and bell chamber. Christmas Market from Nov to Dec, and Ice Rink from Nov to Jan. Contact for details.

Winchester Cathedral
1 The Close,WINCHESTER,SO23 9LS
Phone : 01962 857200

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Chair lift to east end of Cathedral, touch & hearing model
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 9.30-5, Sun 12.30-3 (may close for special services/events).

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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