Welcome to Winchester Cathedral! This is truly a great and glorious place, inspiring awe and wonder. Winchester Cathedral contains a unique heritage of the life of the English nation and its stones tell the stories of Kings and Queens, statesmen and politicians. But here too you can also find the loving labour and imprint of monks and pilgrims, writers and artists and working men and women.

Community has been at the heart of our identity since the Benedictine Monastery was established here over a thousand years ago. Today, Winchester Cathedral is home to an active Christian community, seeking to offer a warm Benedictine welcome to all our visitors and worshippers, as though they were Christ himself.

The Cathedral is also a visitor attraction, a venue for music and the arts, with a diverse programme of concerts, exhibitions, educational talks, family activities and more. Welcoming more than 300,000 visitors a year, the Cathedral places worship at the centre of its life. We strive together so that our cathedral values of kindness, openness and excellence shape all that we do.

Those who built this cathedral sought to stop us in our tracks and bring us to our knees in awe. Whatever brings you to this special place, I hope that your visit will be a blessing and the beginning of relationship with this sacred space that will bring you back again soon.

The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester