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.
Please see our Tier 4 Covid update at the top of this page.
There’s so much to see in the Cathedral. One of the best ways to explore is with our trained Cathedral Guides, who’ll tell you all about its fascinating history, characters and events. And if you’re visiting with children, you can follow our free children’s trail.
These tours offer a great introduction to the Cathedral and its history and treasures. Hear about Winchester during Anglo-Saxon times and what changed when the Normans invaded, and the many characters and events that have shaped the history of England and left their mark on this magnificent building.
When: Mon-Sat starting every hour from 10.00am - 3.00pm, and occasionally more frequently to meet demand.
Duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours
Price: Included in admission, no tickets required.
Please note: Tours are offered in English. (Welcome leaflets are available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Foreign language tours are available for pre-booked groups. A minimum of three weeks notice is required)
Find out more about the Cathedral’s history and treasures
Explore one of the oldest parts of the Cathedral and the least altered part of the Norman building. The crypt provides a stunning setting for Antony Gormley’s sculpture Sound II.
When: Mon – Sat at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Duration: 20 minutes
Price: Included in admission. Tickets available from the Entrance Desk
Please note: During the wet winter months the crypt can flood. If this is the case we are unable to run tours, but you can still see the crypt from a viewing platform.
Find out more about the Cathedral’s Sound II
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the government guidelines Tower Tours are currently suspended until further notice.
Enjoy an exhilarating tower tour of Winchester Cathedral with one of our experienced guides with magnificent views across Winchester and the county. You will see the ringing chamber, the great Cathedral bells and walk the full length of the nave roof with its huge wood beams.
When: Wed 2.15pm and Sat 11.30am and 2.15pm (Jan-May and Oct-Nov). Mon, Wed & Fri 2.15pm and Sat 11.30am and 2.15pm (May-Sep)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: £7.50, available from the Entrance Desk
Please note: The minimum age for these tours is 12 years: children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Although there is no set upper age limit for this tour, please note the difficulty of the climb. This may be unsuitable for those who are elderly, infirm, disabled, pregnant, those suffering from heart or respiratory disorders, or any other medical condition which could be affected by the climb. Due to width restrictions, all large items of baggage are not permitted and regrettably cannot be left unattended or stored at ground level. Suitable clothing and foot-wear should be worn. If you are making a special visit please call the box office for available dates 01962 857 275.
Pre-booked group tours and group visits
We offer a wide range of themed tours for groups in addition to the tours above, tailored to the needs of the group. Special rates and catering packages are also available.
Download a themed tours list
Free children’s trail
We want children to enjoy visiting the Cathedral. Our specially designed children’s trail has been written by a professional children’s writer and is beautifully illustrated. Let the children lead the way using the large-scale map, and work through the activities with them.
You’ll find fascinating facts, wonderful stories and strange traditions, and discover animals, beasts and people along the way.
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Price: Included in admission. Available from our welcome stewards and Entrance Desk
Find out more
Email our Visitor Services team, or call them on 01962 857200.
Download a map of the Cathedral and Close (PDF)
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