Planning your visit


The building is closed and no longer open for private prayer and reflection until at least 14th April. The daily cycle of a Prayer and Communion Service in the morning and Evening Prayer in the early evening is still taking place, led a member of the clergy. All these daily services are available to watch live on this website and via Facebook and Twitter. We also hope to continue providing a special daily video prayer to watch every morning. You can be assured of our prayers and you can post your own on our social media sites. May God bless you in these challenging times.


We hope to reopen as soon as we can and want to help you get the most out of your visit when that takes place. The Cathedral is at the heart of Winchester and beyond the Cathedral Close, there’s a lot to be discovered. We’ve put together some useful information to help you find out about the best places to stay, visit and enjoy while you are here

Information for groups

We ask that tour operators and group organisers planning a visit to the Christmas Market contact us in advance. We are able to provide a ‘meet and greet’ service for all coach arrivals, assist in arranging entry and tours to the Cathedral and refreshments. Please email the Visits Team, or call 01962 857200.

Parking and Travel

As with many historic cities, parking within the centre is limited and often congested during the Christmas period. Winchester has excellent rail and bus links to London, Southampton, Basingstoke, Reading, the Midlands and beyond. Where possible we strongly advise people to make sure of these facilities.

Winchester is just over an hour by direct train from Waterloo and is easily and quickly accessible from the following destinations: Basingstoke (20 minutes), Birmingham (2 hours, 20 minutes), Southampton (20 minutes), Poole (1 hour 5 minutes), Bournemouth (50 minutes), Portsmouth (1 hour), Brockenhurst, for the New Forest (30 minutes), Reading (30 minutes), London (1 hour 5 minutes).

Plan your journey with South Western Railway here:

If travelling by car is the only option, people make sure of the Park and Ride car parks which are located around the outskirts of the city. Winchester City Council operates an excellent and frequent service to all locations, whilst dropping off 2-3 minutes walk from the Cathedral. For more information please click here.

Christmas in Winchester

Each autumn we produce a Christmas in Winchester Guide that includes information about all the Christmas events, services and offers available in the city over Christmas. To complement the guide Winchester City Council manage the website

Winchester Tourist Information Centre

The award-winning team at the Tourist Information Centre are always happy to help you plan your visit.
Email the Tourist Information Centre or call them on 01962 840 500
For further information and to find local accommodation please visit

Exploring Hampshire

If you’re staying for a few days you might like to explore some of Hampshire’s beautiful towns and countryside. For more information visit
Hampshire has some great visitor attractions, from wildlife parks to theme parks, steam trains and museums.
For more information visit


There are a diverse range of accommodation options in Winchester and the surrounding area, from B&Bs to luxury hotels. Many hotels offer special packages during the Christmas period, including Lainston House.

For a full range of accommodation options, please visit

Find out more

View our Christmas gallery
Experience the Christmas Market and ice rink through a selection of Christmas images

Christmas parties and corporate events
We offer a range of venues for private parties and special events

Download a map of the Cathedral and Close (PDF)
Includes the Visitors’ Centre, Education Centre and Cathedral Office