Thinking of visiting Hampshire?


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People have been making pilgrimages for centuries to the cathedral and churches in this county and continue to do so, finding spiritual renewal and revitalisation from their time in the buildings, enjoying the beauty of their settings and taking inspiration from the people who worship in them now.      

There are over 400 Anglican churches in the Diocese of Winchester (most of Hampshire and part of East Dorset). These churches cover history from 907 to the present day and each has a unique connection with its local population and history.

(Find a church near you) is a national resource to help you to locate churches. We hope that you will enjoy and be enriched by exploring these holy places.  Please always check on each churches' website for details of opening times and local contacts,  to use, please click on the link below.


The Diocese of Winchester also produces various trails linking churches on a variety of themes and covering a large part of the County.  You can download any of the following by clicking on a link.

You can also download similar trails devised by other people from the links below:


Winchester Cathedral

Please find below a link to the web site of Winchester Cathedral which we hope will assist you in planning a visit to this inspirational building which has been a centre for worship for over 1000 years.


Romsey Abbey and Christchurch Priory     

 And these are the "greater churches" in this Diocese.


Another Hampshire trail (in our sister Diocese of Portsmouth) can be found in a pilgrimage in the Meon Valley in the steps of St Wilfrid.








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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre