More Information about Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire

A very, very interesting cathedral. A guided tour is probably a good idea since one could easily miss a lot of small but interesting features.

It is worthwhile walking around the outside of this cathedral going from one section to another via archways, gates, and small back streets. Each section is different. Each of the separate precinct areas have a large lawn and trees abound. The views of the cathedral change at every turn showing many of the different architectural features and, consequently, its history.

The cathedral has a refectory with two restaurants, one self-service and the other waitress service. We both agree that the self-service restaurant, the one that we used, is the best we have found anywhere and not just for cathedral refectories. The food is excellent and the range of offerings is as good. The fairly large restaurant building is also very pleasant with an outside area with tables and chairs for when the weather is good enough. I'm sure that the waitress service restaurant would be just as good. What is remarkable is that although the kitchen staff are professional most of the rest are volunteers. A first class operation all round and we would recommend it unhesitatingly.