During July, August and September we have a number of free specialist subject tours led by our expert guides. These tours are perfect for those who want to dig deeper into the Cathedral’s thousand-year history.
These tours are free on admission to Winchester Cathedral and are included with your annual pass. Please pre-book your place via the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275.
Full descriptions are available on our What’s On page.
Wednesday Tours 2019
Wednesday 3 July, 10.30am & 1.30pm
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.
Wednesday 10 July, 10.30am & 1.30pm
HEROES AND VILLAINS
Who fled the cathedral in a dung-cart? Who refused lodgings to Charles II’s “trollop”? Who owned the hoof of a griffin? Find out about the great, the good and the occasionally ghastly men (and one woman) whose fascinating stories are told in this tour.
Wednesday 17 July
No tour due to Sparsholt College Graduations
Wednesday 24 July, 10.30am & 1.30pm
Learn about the many illustrious, and in some cases lesser-known, men called William who have played significant roles in the history of the Cathedral.
Wednesday 31 July, 10.30am & 1.30pm
HURRAY FOR HENRYS
An account of some of the distinguished men called Henry who have played significant roles in the Cathedral including the Henry who was crowned here but never reigned, the Henry who celebrated his wedding with “crowned swans” and an outlaw Bishop!
Wednesday 7 August, 10.30am & 1.30pm
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.
Wednesday 14 August, 10.30am
ICONS OF THE CATHEDRAL
There are 12 icons in Winchester Cathedral. This tour aims to study each in turn; the way they are made, their roots in history and the tradition which produced their artistic style, also to explore the layers of symbolism and meaning within them.
Wednesday 14 August, 1.30pm
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.
Wednesday 28 August, 10.30am
WOOD GLORIOUS WOOD
This tour explores the exceptional riches of the Cathedral’s woodwork, ancient and modern.
Wednesday 28 August, 1.30pm
CHANTRY CHAPELS – OUR HIDDEN PLACES
The Cathedral is famous for its chantry chapels, which are usually closed to visitors. On this tour the chapels will be open and visitors will be allowed inside to see, at close quarters, what they contain.
Wednesday 4 September, 10.30am & 1.30pm
CURIOUS AND MYSTERIOUS
This tour will explain some of the more curious and mysterious happenings, connected to the Cathedral and its monuments; dating from 1250, to the present day.
Wednesday 11 September, 10.30am
THE MARRIAGE OF ENGLAND AND SPAIN – MARY TUDOR’S WEDDING
Queen Mary I Marries Prince Philip of Spain: the most famous wedding ever to have taken place in Winchester Cathedral. Discover the intrigues and plots behind-the-scenes in these turbulent Tudor Counter-Reformation times, and eavesdrop on the sumptuous ceremony itself…
Wednesday 11 September, 1.30pm
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.
Wednesday 18 September, 10.30pm
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.
Wednesday 18 September, 1.30pm
FROM VISION TO REALITY – A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CATHEDRAL’S ARCHITECTURE
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.