A complimentary minibus will run between the hotel and Winchester town centre all day.

Winchester has plenty of interest including many museums, galleries, a good selection of shops, cafes and the Winchester Science Centre (which is about 200m from the Holiday Inn Hotel). 

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral tour

Jane Jeffares, one of Winchester Cathedralís regular tour guides, has created a unique tour for Lionsí partners.  The tour starts at 11am and will take about an hour.

The cost will be £5 (group rate) payable in advance. Your ticket gives entry to the cathedral for a year, including guided tours.

About the tour

Winchester Cathedral stands at the heart of historic Winchester, a city that was once the seat of
Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power.  With a remarkable story extending over many centuries every nook and cranny is filled with history!

Youíll hear about the characters who have left their mark and the events that have shaped this remarkable building.

Look out for:

Tombs and memorials to Jane Austen, St Swithun, William

About your guide

Jane Jeffares, partner of Lion Brian Proctor, retired from teaching in 2012 and qualified as tour guide at Winchester Cathedral 18 months ago.

Walker and a deep sea diver whose efforts saved the building from collapse in the 19th century.

The ornate 15th century stone screen behind the high altar.

The 12th century Tournai marble font.

Six chantry chapels built during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. No other cathedral has this many.

The early 14th century oak choir stalls.

The crypt dating from the 11th century with its low vaulted ceiling and statue by Anthony Gormley.

Look out for 4 richly coloured stained glass windows in the Epiphany Chapel, created by pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones in the workshops of William Morris in 1910.

Deep sea diver William Walker   A roof boss  Winchester Cathedrals 12th Century fontThe crypt dates back to the 11th centurySt Swithun