COVID-19 update: The cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours but remains open for private prayer and reflection 11-3pm. All services are now online only and everyone is welcome to join.

Planning Your Visit


On Thursday 7th January, the cathedral will be open for a funeral from 1.30pm. The cathedral will then be open again for prayer and reflection, including public worship, on Friday 8th January, 11am.

Covid update: The cathedral is open for prayer and reflection, including public worship. Due to lockdown restrictions the cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours.

We hope to fully reopen as soon as possible, so here is some information which we hope will be of use to plan your visit when that takes place.

Winchester Cathedral has been a living place of worship and welcome for over 900 years. We welcome 300,000 visitors annually, including pilgrims, tourists, families and school groups from across the country and overseas.

When you visit, you’ll discover one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe, with a captivating history and magnificent architecture. Don’t miss our new National Lottery Heritage Funded exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, which explores 1,000 years of history and reveals some of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures.

We hope that your visit to our website will inspire you to visit and explore the Cathedral, its history and treasures in person. We look forward to welcoming you!

Sat, 16th Jan

As a working church access may be restricted on occasion for services and special events. Please check our Closure Notices if making a special visit.

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