Opening and admissions

The Cathedral is open every day of the year, except for necessary closures. Like many other cathedrals, we charge visitors an admission fee for entry, which helps to defray our maintenance and running costs.

Attending services
The Cathedral is open every day for early morning prayers and closes after evening prayers. No charges are made for those who come to join our worship or who wish to pray privately and everyone is welcome.

Visitor opening times

Cathedral, crypt and treasury
Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sun: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Please note: On occasion, for special services and events the Cathedral may not be open to visitors. If you are making a special visit please do check for temporary closures.

We are pleased to be able to say that, although there are currently no guided tours of the Crypt as a result of water levels, the viewing platform has now reopened.

Winchester Bible, Morley Library and Triforium Gallery
Mon: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tue – Sat: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Please note: Every effort is being made to maintain this cover through the winter months, but there may be times when only the bible is open for viewing.

The Deanery Bookstall
Find wonderful secondhand books in the Deanery porch. Funds raised are used to support Cathedral music. Open every day from 10am-4pm (subject to volunteer availability). For enquires and to donate books please call 07901 106 524. Please note: The Deanery Bookstall is currently located on two temporary wooden sheds next to The Deanery.

Dean Garnier Garden
This tranquil and beautifully planted small garden, which stands on the site of the monks’ dormitory off the Inner Close, is normally open between 9am and 4pm. If you find it’s closed when you visit, please contact the Virgers on 01962 857 226

Visitor admission prices
When you buy an entry ticket, you’re eligible for a free guided tour of the Cathedral and access to the magnificent 12th century Winchester Bible, the Morley Library, Triforium Gallery, Treasury and crypt. Your visit also helps to support the work of the Dean and Chapter. The Cathedral receives no funding from State or Church so we are reliant on the contribution made by our congregation, community and visitors.

Pay today and visit as often as you like for 12 months.
Adult – £7.50
Concession – £5.50
Student – £4.00
Children under 16 (with family) – Free
Hudson’s Heritage Explorer Pass – Free

Tower tour – £6.00
Audio tour – £3.00

For information about group visits please email or call 01962 857 225.

Are you eligible for Gift Aid?
If you are a UK taxpayer, please ask to Gift Aid your admission.

Gift Aid admission allows us to reclaim tax on the full amount paid, so for every £1 you give the Cathedral can claim an extra 25p.

Visitors’ Chaplains
Our visitors’ chaplains, identifiable by their bright blue chaplain’s collar, are available in the Cathedral on most days. As well as leading hourly prayers, they are available for a chat, to listen and to offer informal prayer.

We are committed to making the Cathedral accessible to all and offer the following facilities and services:

  • Wheelchair access to Cathedral ground floor and upper ground floor via a chairlift
  • Induction loop
  • Touch and hearing facility
  • Braille guide
  • Sensory trail for pre-booked groups
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access to the Visitors’ Centre

Visitors are welcome to take photographs for personal use. Photography is not allowed during services and no commercial photography is permitted within the Cathedral or Cathedral grounds. For information about commercial photography, view our filming and photography page.

Find out more

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Includes the Visitors’ Centre, Education Centre and Cathedral Office

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