Winchester Cathedral has a fascinating history, and you can find views of it as you explore the building. There is a large western window filled with medieval stained glass, with animals and beasts carved in stone and wood, a mortuary containing the bones of the Anglo-Saxon kings, and Oliver Cromwell’s army. These include works of contemporary art, a sculpture of the famous British artist Anthony Gormley, the beautiful and atmospheric background of the Cathedral, and the tomb of the great English novelist Jane Austen.
Walking along the large length of the Cathedral and looking at the intriguing ceiling is an experience that can be experienced by people of all ages. Free Children’s Path brings life to the Cathedral in a fun and interactive way. Encourages families to crawl to their knees, find hedgehogs and monkeys, and discover the story of the deep-sea diver who saved the cathedral with his hands.
Tours of the Cathedral are free of charge and offer a great introduction to the Winchester Cathedral, its history, and treasures for anyone over the age of 8 or 9. Here you can learn about Winchester during the Anglo-Saxon period and what happened when the Normans invaded. This is great for trips to study projects and extracurricular school support.
Tower tours are fun for older children who enjoy the heights and limited space here. They are 12 years old with an extra charge and a minimum age requirement, but climbing the turret, seeing the bell booth, the scenic views from above, and the massive new roof walk is an exciting experience for kids as well as adults.