Key Things To Do

Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe with over 1,000 years of history to explore! Our top 10 highlights have been chosen to show the wide range of things available to see and do during your visit.

An average visit to Winchester Cathedral lasts at least two hours, including a guided tour and Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. Self-guide leaflets are also available for visitors with less time.

All tickets are valid for 12 months, giving you time to visit the Cathedral at your leisure. For further ideas please do explore the website.

Visit our Christmas at the Cathedral page to find out more about Christmas events, services and activities.

Take a guided tour

We know that our visitors experience more if they explore the Cathedral with our expert guides or take an audio tour. We also offer welcome leaflets in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Find out more about our guided tours.

Attend Evensong

Everyone is welcome to join our daily services and on most days our evening service is sung by the Cathedral Choir or a visiting choir. Find out more about our services.

Explore Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation

Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation is a spectacular new three-level exhibition in the South Transept. Discover over 1,000 years of history and marvel at some of the Cathedral's greatest treasures, including the 12th-century Winchester Bible and the 17th-century Morley Library. Find out more about Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation.

Take a Tower Tour

See the magnificent bell chamber and walk through the great nave roof. Find out more about our rooftop tours.

Pick up a children’s trail

The Cathedral is fascinating for all ages. Our children's trail brings the Cathedral to life in a fun and active way. Available to pick up from the Cathedral free of charge. Download a copy our children’s trail.

Discover the crypt

Step down into the crypt where you’ll find Antony Gormley’s famous sculpture Sound II. See images of Sound II and the crypt.

See the Winchester Bible

This precious 800-year-old manuscript is the largest and perhaps the finest of all 12th century English Bibles. Find out more about the Winchester Bible.

Visit Jane Austen's grave

Read the ledgerstone at the grave of Jane Austen, the great English novelist who lived and wrote in Hampshire. Find out more about Jane Austen and other famous people linked with the Cathedral.

Wander through the Close

The Cathedral is surrounded by beautiful green spaces. Download our map of the Cathedral Close below.

Visit the Deanery Bookstall

Find a treasure amongst our second-hand books at the Deanery Bookstall and help raise funds for Cathedral music. Find out more about our Deanery Bookstall

Relax at The Refectory

Enjoy a Hampshire cream tea or homemade meal in our Refectory and buy something from our Gift Shop to remind you of your visit. Find out more about our Refectory and Gift Shop or shop online.

Find out more

View images of the Cathedral exterior
Take a virtual walk round the outside of the building

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

Visit our online shop
Find original and inspiring books, CDs, gifts and souvenirs

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