It’s the Beginning of the End for First World War Tours at Winchester Cathedral

May 17, 2018

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Winchester Cathedral’s First World War Tours will be returning for the last time this year, as the Cathedral prepares to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War on Sunday 11 November 2018.

The First World War Tours take visitors on a fascinating journey through the Cathedral, down into the Crypt, along the Nave and up onto the Cathedral Roof to discover Winchester Cathedral’s connections with the First World War.

Entitled ‘In My End is My Beginning’, the First World War Tours encourage visitors to reflect on the impact of the war, with music and poetry included.

The First World War Tours last one and a half hours including an ascent to the Cathedral Roof involving 129 steps, from which visitors can enjoy spectacular views across the historic Inner Close. Visitors will be accompanied by an expert guide throughout the tour.

Sandra Showell, guide in charge of the tours says: “Several hundred people have been on our tours since they started some five years ago. Each one has been slightly different – and this year we hope will be the best of all, and a fitting ending to the series.”

The first tour takes place on Friday 25th May at 2pm, and subsequent tours are available on 29th June, 27th July, 31st August, 28th September, 26th October and 9th November.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person, including a cream team taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857275 or online at