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Winchester Cathedral 2019 (5) - Catherine Hodgson

An enchanting 13th century castle surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle and Gardens is full of surprises for all the family.

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Take a tour of the castle, discover its rich history an”Winchester Cathedral is a living monument to the heritage of England and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. From the time of Alfred the Great until after the Norman Conquest, Winchester was England’s capital and the Cathedral was its royal chapel. Much of England’s early history was based here and twelve English kings are believed to be buried here.

In summer 2019, Winchester Cathedral launched a spectacular new permanent exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. This stunning three-level exhibition space in the South Transept takes visitors through over 1,000 years of history and reveals some of the nation’s greatest treasures, whilst offering awe-inspiring views of the Cathedral.

There are four exciting galleries to explore. ‘A Scribe’s Tale’ highlights the magnificent Winchester Bible, the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles, whilst on the Mezzanine level you can explore the atmospheric 17th-century Morley Library. Unlock the mysteries of Winchester Cathedral in ‘Decoding the Stones’ on the Triforium level and discover Winchester’s unique role in shaping early English history in the ‘Birth of a Nation’ gallery.

Entry to Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation is included with admission to Winchester Cathedral.

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  • The longest medieval cathedral in Europe
  • Famous as the resting place of Jane Austen and Saxon royalty
  • Home of the Winchester Bible, the finest surviving 12th-century English Bible
  • Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation – a new exhibition which reveals Winchester Cathedral’s unique role in shaping early English history
  • A superb low-vaulted stone crypt, home to Antony Gormley’s statue Sound II
  • The largest surviving collection of medieval floor tiles from the 1300s
  • The finest surviving 12th-century wall paintings in the country
  • 14th-century richly carved oak choir stalls which survived the Reformation

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An enchanting 13th century castle surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle and Gardens is full of surprises for all the family.

Take a tour of the castle, discover its rich history an"Winchester Cathedral is a living monument to the heritage of England and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. From the time of AlfrOpen daily from Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5.00pm and Sundays 12.30pm - 3.00pm. Opening times may vary due to special services and events and separate opening times apply for Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. Please check the website before visiting.

Entry prices:

Adults £9.50; Seniors £7.50; Students £6; Under 16s free

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Disabled access (partial)
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Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LS – Directions