Tours and Tea

Enjoy a special tour, focusing on different aspects of the Cathedral’s history, with tea/coffee and cake on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from February – October.

Tickets: £15, available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275.

To view full details of all tours and book online, please visit our What’s On page.

Tours and Tea 2019

First Saturday of every month until November, 10.30am
JANE AUSTEN – HER LIFE AND TIMES 

This tour offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into Jane Austen’s life and connections with Winchester Cathedral.

Saturday 16 February, 10.30am
ART IN THE CATHEDRAL

Winchester Cathedral is rich in art objects, including works by internationally acclaimed artists Peter Eugene Ball, Cecil Collins, Eric Gill, Antony Gormley and Justin Knowles. This Tour enables visitors to enjoy a close-up interaction with several of these works.

Saturday 2 March, 10.30am
GREEN MEN

The term “Green Men” was only brought into use in 1939, but their existence goes back many years and actually predates Christianity. They are a carver’s device and were particularly popular in the 14th century. There are over 70 examples in the Cathedral (although some are difficult to spot).

Saturday 16 March, 10.30am
WOMEN OF OUR CATHEDRAL

Women have always played a part in our Cathedral life; often in a hidden or secondary role. This tour celebrates our Cathedral women, past and present.

Saturday 6 April, 10.00am
STAINED GLASS

Stained Glass – a relatively unexplored Cathedral treasure. Bring binoculars for best viewing. Winchester Cathedral offers the opportunity to study glass from the workshops of medieval masters of the 14th, 15th and early 16th century and to follow the enthusiastic Victorian revival and the Arts and Crafts movement to the present day.

Saturday 4 May, 10.30am
FROM VISION TO REALITY

Winchester Cathedral contains fine examples of all the main styles of ecclesiastical architecture which will all be seen and explained in some detail. In addition, the tour will describe the construction methods used in medieval times and how Bishop Walklin achieved the amazing feat of completing most of the original building in just 14 years.

Saturday 18 May, 10.30am
THIS ROYAL HOUSE OF SAXON KINGS AND SAINTS 

Learn more about the Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today. Part of this tour is outside on slightly uneven ground, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.

Saturday 1 June, 10.30am
WALKING ON HISTORY

The expanse of medieval floor tiles in Winchester Cathedral are not just the largest area of medieval tiles in situ in the country but also tell a fascinating story. This tour gives an insight into how the fabric of the Cathedral changed in tune with the times.

Saturday 15 June, 10.30am
PESTILENCE, PENITENCE AND PUTREFACTION

For nearly 1400 years, those associated with the Cathedrals in Winchester have played an important part in the care of the sick and management of disease. This tour recounts the history of medicine in relation to the structure of the present Cathedral and the people commemorated within it.

Saturday 6 July, 10.30am
WOOD GLORIOUS WOOD

This tour explores the exceptional riches of the Cathedral’s woodwork, ancient and modern.

Saturday 20 July, 10.30am
THE VICTORIAN STORY – VISION, VIRTUE AND INFAMY

The Cathedral was cold, dismal and colourless when Queen Victoria came to the throne. This tour traces its transformation and introduces colourful Victorian personalities associated with the Cathedral including Soapy Sam; the Bishop of Borneo; the anti muckabite Dean Garnier and the inspiration for one of Trollope’s characters.

Saturday 3 August, 10.30am
THIS ROYAL HOUSE OF SAXON KINGS AND SAINTS

Learn more about the Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today. Part of this tour is outside on slightly uneven ground, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.

Saturday 17 August, 10.30am
TUDOR INTRIGUE IN TURBULENT TIMES

The religious upheavals of the Reformation, the cultural revolution of the Renaissance and the powerful personalities of the Tudor monarchs have all left their mark on Winchester Cathedral. Come and see this fascinating period of history brought to life.

Saturday 7 September, 10.00am
FACE THE MUSIC 

‘Face the Music’ includes background musical history and examines aspects of music with in the Cathedral. There are three types of visual clues: firstly, images in stone, wood, glass and embroidery reflecting ‘heavenly harmony’; secondly memorials and graffiti referring to specific musical personalities; and thirdly, places and objects with musical functions such as organ or the Treasure.

Saturday 21 September, 10.30am
INS AND OUTS OF EUROPE 

During this tour we will review how England and Britain’s fluctuating relationships with Europe during the last 1000 years has brought benefits to art and architecture in Winchester Cathedral and is reflected in the lives of Saints, Bishops, Royalty and citizens connected with the Cathedral.

Saturday 5 October, 10.00am
OUR ROYAL HERITAGE 

An insight into the Cathedral’s many royal connections from the Norman conquest to the present day.

Saturday 19 October, 10.30am
FROM VISION TO REALITY

Winchester Cathedral contains fine examples of all the main styles of ecclesiastical architecture which will all be seen and explained in some detail. In addition, the tour will describe the construction methods used in medieval times and how Bishop Walklin achieved the amazing feat of completing most of the original building in just 14 years.