Winchester Cathedral

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Winchester Cathedral

With its exquisite artwork and fascinating historical relics, Winchester’s Gothic masterpiece is thought to be one of the nation’s finest cathedrals.

Marvel at the symmetrical towers and vast arched windows of Winchester Cathedral’s magnificent façade and step inside to discover one of the longest naves in Europe. Admire intricate wood carvings and take a look at one of the oldest remaining English bibles.

Visible from across the city, the 11th-century Winchester Cathedral has a grand, Gothic exterior that is best appreciated by strolling through the surrounding park.

Make your way through the entrance and into the sprawling nave. The 524-foot (160-meter) long room is decorated with candles and beautiful wall paintings. Stroll along the rows of choir stalls that lead toward the altar. Made from oak, these stalls feature unique carvings of mythical beasts and strange human figures.

From here, you can walk to the adjacent library room. Inside this small peaceful space, you’ll find a stand holding one of the last 12th-century bibles in England. It is believed this holy book was commissioned in 1160 by Henry of Blois and written in Latin by a single scribe. Gaze in awe at pages of images and ornately decorated capital letters, which remain as vivid and colorful as they were when they were drawn hundreds of years ago.

The crypt in the heart of the cathedral is not to be missed. Within this labyrinth of stone pillars and low domed ceilings stands the Sound II statue, designed by famous British sculptor Antony Gormley. This mysterious life-size figure was made from lead, based on a plaster cast of Gormley’s own body.

Before you leave, climb the 213 steps to the top of the main tower to see the bells hanging overhead. Turn your attention to the spectacular view that extends across much of the city and surrounding countryside.

Winchester Cathedral is located in the city center. It is open year-round and there is a small entry fee. Tours of the ground floor, crypt and tower run every hour. Tours are often busy, so it’s best to book ahead.

Top Hotels Close to Winchester Cathedral

Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
4 out of 5
Paternoster Row, Winchester, England, SO23 9LQ
The price is ¥8,122 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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3.6/5 Good! (954 reviews)
"Try and get a room overlooking the cathedral rather than the side road and nightclub"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

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The Winchester Hotel & Spa
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Worthy Lane, Winchester, England, SO23 7AB
The price is ¥8,415 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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4.1/5 Very Good! (968 reviews)
"The hotel is conveniently located near the train station. Few minutes walk to the city centre. It’s in a quiet neighbourhood. It’s clean and with comfortable bed. I had a good sleep and feel refreshed the morning after. Swimming pool and spa is not operational the time we stayed in the hotel. I enjoyed ..."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

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Winchester Royal Hotel
Winchester Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
St Peter Street, Winchester, England, SO23 8BS
The price is ¥10,482 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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4.1/5 Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Decor was lovely & location within Winchester was excellent"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Winchester Royal Hotel
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Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
4 out of 5
Paternoster Row, Winchester, England, SO23 9LQ
The price is ¥8,122 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
The Winchester Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Worthy Lane, Winchester, England, SO23 7AB
The price is ¥8,415 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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Winchester Royal Hotel
Winchester Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
St Peter Street, Winchester, England, SO23 8BS
The price is ¥10,482 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Winchester Royal Hotel
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Winchester
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Winchester
4 out of 5
Southgate Street, Winchester, England, SO23 9EF
The price is ¥22,634 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
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Wykeham Arms
Wykeham Arms
4 out of 5
75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, England, SO23 9PE
The price is ¥16,643 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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The Old Vine
The Old Vine
4 out of 5
8 Great Minster Street, Winchester, England, SO23 9HA
The price is ¥21,302 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
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Westgate Winchester
Westgate Winchester
4 out of 5
2 Romsey Road, Winchester, England, SO23 8TP
The price is ¥9,986 per night from May 29 to May 30
Westgate Winchester
Two Bare Feet
Two Bare Feet
3.5 out of 5
15a Parchment Street, Winchester, England, SO23 8AZ
The price is ¥13,015 per night from May 25 to May 26
Two Bare Feet
Panoramic View of Winchester Cathedral
Panoramic View of Winchester Cathedral
3 out of 5
11 College St, Winchester, England, SO23 9LZ
Panoramic View of Winchester Cathedral
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