Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, Morley Library, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building. A free children’s trail is available for families.
Library, Gallery, Sacred space
09.30 - 17.30
Closed: Occasionally times may change for services and special events. Please contact 01962 857225 if making a special visit.
Children: Free (under 16s with family)
Concessions: £4.80 (over 60s and groups of 10 or more)
Key artists and exhibits
- Antony Gormley
- Barbara Hepworth
- Cecil Collins
- Peter Eugene Ball
- Peter Freeman
- Eric Gill
- 12th-century Winchester Bible
- Medieval wall paintings, stained glass and carvings
The Jane Austen Story exhibition
- 11 October 2016 — 31 December 2017 *on now
A permanent exhibition situated beside her grave in the north nave aisle of Winchester Cathedral.
Read about Jane's birth and childhood in Steventon, the family's move to Bath, her return to Hampshire, adult life and her writing in Chawton and the final few weeks of her life and resting place in Winchester.
- Any age
£7.95 adult annual pass, £5.95 concessions annual pass.
Jane Austen Tour and Tea
- 4 February 2017 10am-12pm
- 4 March 2017 10am-12pm
- 1 April 2017 10am-12pm
Standing beside the grave of Jane Austen and reflecting on the life of this great author is a moving experience. This tour by specialist Cathedral guides includes insights into Jane's life and connections within Hampshire, a walk through the Cathedral Close to the house on College Street where she died and time at her grave.
The guide will join the group in The Refectory after the tour where conversation about Jane Austen will no doubt continue. The ticket includes tea or coffee and a slice of cake.
Our volunteer guides are pleased to welcome groups and share with them the wonder, beauty, heroes and rogues of the Cathedral. A range of guided tours is available, including a General Tour, Winchester Cathedral – House of God, The Anglo-Saxons in Winchester, The Tudors, The English Civil War, Tactile Tour, Modern Art and What did the Normans ever do for us?
How to obtain
Tours are sometimes available in French or German. We can also provide special one-off tours for school groups. GCSE and AS/A-level groups are welcome, and we can provide a range of activities for older pupils to support exam work.
Advanced booking is essential. Please contact the Education Centre to discuss your requirements on 01962 857224.
1 The Close