Cathedral Re-opening

We’re looking forward to welcoming you as we begin phased re-opening of the Cathedral. On this page, you’ll find the latest details about our re-opening plans, the safety measure we’ve put in place, and information to help you plan your visit. Our team are happy to help if you have any questions: cathedral.office@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Re-opening this weekend

We’re delighted to announce the following will be re-opening this weekend:

Public worship in the cathedral
When: 5 July
Starting this Sunday, services in the Cathedral will be on Sundays at 8am and Wednesdays at 12pm. Online services at 10am on Sundays and Evening Prayer on Zoom will still be available.
View full details of services.

Cathedral opens to visitors
When: 4 July
The cathedral will be open to visitors every day from 10am to 4pm, including the Gift Shop. We can’t yet offer tours or the Kings and Scribes exhibition, but there’s still plenty to explore.
View information about your visit.

The Refectory opens
When: 4 July
The Refectory will be open every day from 10am to 4pm, offering teas, coffees, cakes, sandwiches, salads and their famous sausage rolls!

 

What’s open

  • The Cathedral nave is currently open for prayer or reflection. Everyone is welcome and entry is by voluntary donation until 4 July. Come in to pray, or light a candle, or just sit and reflect. If you want to talk to a member of the clergy, just let someone know on the entrance desk and this can be arranged. We are open daily from 10am-3pm.
  • The Cathedral Shop. The shop is open daily from 10am-3pm. From 4 July the shop will be open 10am-4pm every day.
  • Online services including zoom evening prayer, special online services, and daily video reflections will continue and you’re welcome to join from wherever you are.

What’s closed

  • The toilets are currently closed. The nearest facilities can be found in the town centre, opposite Marks & Spencer.
  • The Cathedral Refectory.
  • Other areas of the Cathedral (except the nave).
  • Kings and Scribes exhibition.

A safe space

Ensuring everyone’s safety is our priority as we carefully begin phased re-opening. This means your visit will be a bit different to normal. Here’s what to expect:

  • To maintain social distancing, we have reduced capacity inside the cathedral and shop, and you may be asked to wait outside before coming in.
  • There will be plenty of hand sanitiser available, and you will be asked to use it on your way into the building.
  • Inside both the cathedral and shop, there will be signs indicating which routes to follow with separate entrance and exit doors.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning practices in place.
  • You will be asked to practice social distancing (2m).

Please follow the guidance and if you have any concerns, just ask. While the measures may feel odd at first, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Supporting your Cathedral

As we begin the journey of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, we need your help more than ever. Closing our doors to visitors has meant a significant loss of income, and with no regular Government or Church of England Funding we need your financial support. This will help us to support the community as well as preserve and protect this historic, sacred building for future generations.

We will have contactless donation points available when you come into the cathedral. Thank you so much if you are able to give any donation.

Stay up-to-date

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To access our re-opening risk assessment, please click here.