What to expect when visiting Winchester Cathedral

Visiting somewhere new can be exciting, but for some, it can also be a little nerve-racking if you don’t know your way around.
Winchester Cathedral is filled with welcoming staff and volunteers, who are ready to answer your questions and make your experience one to remember.

If you’re seeking reassurance of what to expect when visiting Winchester Cathedral, please read the below.


Entering the cathedral

When you step inside the cathedral, you’ll find the Welcome Desk in front of you to the right.

During cathedral opening times, a member of staff will be there to greet you, they will ask if you have a General Admission Ticket already or if you’d like to purchase one.

If you’re visiting for worship, to attend a service or to reflect / light a candle, entry is free of charge – just let the member of staff know, and they will be happy to direct you to where the service is taking place, or show you where to find the candles.

On the opposite side to the Welcome Desk, you will find the Information Desk, you can find an array of welcome leaflets in different languages. These leaflets include a map of the Cathedral and key areas to see on your visit.

Please note that there will be prayers said on the hour. You will hear the prayers through the speakers around the cathedral. You are very welcome to join in prayer, but please don’t feel that it is compulsory. Please be considerate of other visitors who may wish to pray quietly at this time. The prayers only last a minute or so. If you have any questions, please do ask a member of staff.