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Ice Rink & Christmas Market @ Winchester Cathedral

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by Tina Maria (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Helsinki, Finland.
Published August 6th 2012
Picnics and Christmas shopping at the Cathedral
Visiting the Winchester Cathedral is a must. Situated near the main high street and accessible by a small side street within minutes of the shops, this is a lovely place to visit during a day out in Winchester for a bit of culture and history.

The Cathedral's history goes back 12 centuries and in order to learn more about it guided tours are offered for visitors.

Entry is affordable for all the family at just 6.50 for adults, 5.00 for seniors and 3.75 for students whilst children under 16 (with families) go for free. Visitors with a keen interest in the Cathedral can also purchase an annual pass for just 10.00 (correct at time of writing).

The best time of year to visit the Cathedral is during the run-up to Christmas when there is an ice skating rink and a variety of festive stalls at which to do some early Christmas shopping.

This year the ice skating rink will be at the Cathedral from 22/11/12 until 06/01/13, whilst the Christmas market will be available from 22/11/12 until 23/12/12. Plenty of time to visit at least once.*

Alternatively if you plan to visit the Cathedral during the Summer months then bring/buy a picnic and enjoy it on the grass outside. This is a popular picnic/lunch time spot and allows for a cheaper day if you are on a budget (or if you just enjoy a picnic in the sunshine). There are also a number of different cafes, restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy a lovely lunch if picnics aren't your style. Something for everyone all year round.

Winchester Cathedral
A rainbow over Winchester Cathedral

Note: It is advisable to pre-book a session for the ice skating to avoid disappointment as this is a very popular activity for the locals, students and others visiting Winchester for the day. Visit the website for more details.

Please also check the Winchester Cathedral website to see which days the Cathedral may be being used for services etc which limit access to visitors as this could change throughout the year.
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