Dean’s welcome

For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Today, we welcome 300,000 visitors a year to share our worship, explore our heritage and attend our many events. Welcome to our website, and I hope that it will inspire you to visit in person.

A place of beauty

Our Cathedral offers a wealth of beauty, from its outstanding architecture to the deep emotions stirred by its choral music. This wonderful heritage belongs to us all, whatever our beliefs.

It was built as a place of holiness, prayer and pilgrimage. This stunning building, visited by people from all over the world, remains an exquisite offering to God, whose glory it reflects.

But there’s another, more hidden beauty we seek in this holy place. It’s found in vulnerability, tolerance and humility – in being Christ-like in our daily lives.

The beauty of holiness

The term holiness comes from the old English word hālig, meaning healthy and whole. It evokes being our best, most complete selves, as part of the wider life that is all creation.

The Bible too speaks of the intense joy holiness can bring: ‘Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, let the whole earth stand in awe of him.’ (Psalm 96, verse 9).

In discovering God’s image in ourselves, we each make our own spiritual journey. Finding our own inner beauty and wholeness gives us a deep refreshing well from which we can drink each day.

My blessing to you

I hope discovering this beautiful building through this website or in person brings you joy. I also hope that it will help you discover the beauty of inner holiness, in whatever way is right for you.

James Atwell, Dean of Winchester


Find out more

Dean’s Newsletter 07 2014 (PDF)
Includes seasonal reflections, developments and key upcoming dates

Dean’s newsletter 08 2014 (PDF)
Includes seasonal reflections, developments and key upcoming dates

Dean’s newsletter 09 2014 (PDF)
Includes seasonal reflections, developments and key upcoming dates