The Cathedral is open every day of the year, except for necessary closures. Like many other cathedrals, we charge visitors an admission fee for entry, which helps to defray our maintenance and running costs.
The Cathedral is open every day for early morning prayers and closes after evening prayers. No charges are made for those who come to join our worship or who wish to pray privately and everyone is welcome.
On occasion, for special services and events, temporary closures or limited access are necessary. If you are making a special visit please do check our list of temporary closures.
Cathedral, Crypt and Treasury
Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sun: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Kings & Scribes: The Birth of a Nation
Including the Morley Library, The Winchester Bible and Triforium Levels
1 April – 31 October
Monday – Saturday, 9.45am – 5.00pm
Sundays, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
1 November – 31 March
Monday – Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sundays, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
(February half-term 9.45am – 5.00pm)
Christmas Eve (24 December) – 12noon – 2.00pm
Boxing Day (26 December) – 11.00am – 3.00pm
New Year’s Eve (31 December) – 10.00am – 4.00pm
New Year’s Day (1 January) – 11.00am – 3.00pm
Last entry into Kings & Scribes: The Birth of a Nation is 30 minutes prior to closure.
Please note, occasionally for services and special events it is necessary to close Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. Please check our closures page in advance of your visit.
The Deanery Bookstall
Find wonderful secondhand books in the Deanery. Funds raised are used to support Cathedral music. March-October Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Oct-March Saturday and Sunday only 10am-4pm. During Christmas Market, it is open daily. For enquires and to donate books please call Miranda on 07779 024 601
Dean Garnier Garden
This tranquil and beautifully planted small garden, which stands on the site of the monks’ dormitory off the Inner Close, is normally open between 9am and 4pm. If you find it’s closed when you visit, please contact the Virgers on 01962 857 226
When you buy an entry ticket, you’re eligible for a free guided tour of the Cathedral, Treasury and crypt. Your visit also helps to support the work of the Dean and Chapter. The Cathedral receives no funding from State or Church so we are reliant on the contribution made by our congregation, community and visitors.
Pay today and visit as often as you like for 12 months.
Adult – £9.50
Concession – £7.50
Student – £6.00
Children under 16 (with family) – Free
Tower tour – £7.50
Audio tour – Not currently available
For information about group visits please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 857 225.
Are you eligible for Gift Aid?
If you are a UK taxpayer, please ask to Gift Aid your admission.
Gift Aid admission allows us to reclaim tax on the full amount paid, so for every £1 you give the Cathedral can claim an extra 25p.
Our visitors’ chaplains, identifiable by their bright blue chaplain’s collar, are available in the Cathedral on most days. As well as leading hourly prayers, they are available for a chat, to listen and to offer informal prayer.
Visitors are welcome to take photographs for personal use. Photography is not allowed during services and no commercial photography is permitted within the Cathedral or Cathedral grounds. For information about commercial photography, view our filming and photography page.
While we welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and support dogs in Winchester Cathedral, we kindly request that visitors restrict all other animals to the Cathedral grounds. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
We also kindly request that visitors refrain from bringing food and drink into the Cathedral (with the exception of bottled water).
Thank you for your understanding.
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