Photo: Herry Lawford

Winchester Cathedral houses more than 1,000 years of history in one of the largest cathedrals in England. It is the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe and is a must-see on any trip to Hampshire.

A highlight is the magnificent Winchester Bible, an 800 year old illuminated manuscript. It is the largest 12th century English bible in existence and is housed in the equally impressive library. Literary lovers will also enjoy stopping by Jane Austen’s grave. She died here in 1817, and her funeral was held in Winchester Cathedral.

As you explore the cathedral, admire the 12th century wall paintings, carvings from the medieval period, as well as the contemporary art that adds majesty to the splendour of the castle. Don’t forget to look up to admire the pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows which are second to none.

For more spectacular views, climb the magnificent bell tower, which offers panoramic views across the city. You can walk along the great nave roof for a truly extraordinary experience.

Descend into the crypt and explore the catacombs for a spooky end to your trip.

If you’re bringing kids with you, follow the children’s trail that introduces the whole family to the people connected with the cathedral’s lively history.

When your belly is rumbling, stop by the Cathedral Café and sit out on the open air terrace and enjoy the great outdoors. If you prefer to picnic, Winchester Cathedral is surrounded by extensive grounds, where many graves and sarcophagi still dot the landscape. Winchester also holds a multitude of events throughout the year, from classical concerts to open-air theatre. There really is something for everyone to enjoy here!

It is also worth a journey to the water meadows behind the cathedral if the weather is nice.

 

9 The Close, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LS
Tel: 01962 857200
Times: Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday, 12.30pm – 3.00pm