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Hospital of St Cross

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Address: St. Cross Hospital St. Cross Road, Winchester SO23 9SD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1962 851375
10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

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Peaceful excursion from town

We wanted to stretch our legs a bit and this was a great destination - it's an easy and picturesque walk from the town center with plenty to see once you arrive. We enjoyed... read more

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284 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wanted to stretch our legs a bit and this was a great destination - it's an easy and picturesque walk from the town center with plenty to see once you arrive. We enjoyed visiting the lovely gardens and exploring the church and other buildings. Before walking back to town, we had tea and cake at the cafe. Perfect for... More 

Thank inkwave17
Bedford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the edge of Winchester, this delightful place is walk-able, about 20 minutes from the Cathedral - just follow the signs as you stroll through fields. Be careful about opening hours, we went on a Sunday and it opened at 13.00 but the cafe was closed until 14.30 so we concentrated on absorbing the history, the setting and the beautiful... More 

Thank Juliz54
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a genuine "well kept secret". Most people visiting Winchester have never heard of it, let alone visited it This is a Royal Peculiar, in other words outside the jurisdiction of the local bishop.It was set up as almshouses to house about 20 who were impoverished for one reason or another. They are all single males, and have a... More 

1 Thank moraira
South West England, United Kingdom
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1,022 reviews
464 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,128 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Winchester a few times but never St Cross which is a 40 minute walk from the centre across lovely meadows. Historically it was an almshouse which it still is. For a small fee you have access to the church, gardens and kitchens all of which are very interesting.The church dates back to the 11th century, I... More 

1 Thank AvidTraveler12
Hastings, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

About a mile from the city centre, St Cross stands on the bank of the River Itchen, surrounded by woods and water meadows. The church, almost as large as a cathedral, was built from 1160 to the late 13th century. It is a masterpiece of Norman architecture (sturdy nave pillars; zigzag stone carving on the arches and vaulting; corbels decorated... More 

Thank john g
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Winchester many times and knew St Cross was a suburb of the city and had some almshouses. It was only when I climbed St Catherine's Hill that I realised what the Hospital of St Cross actually looked like! I thought 'must go there!' and decided to go straight away as we had plenty of time on a... More 

Thank Philmex1
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144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a walk along the water meadows to the hospital and then asked for our ale on arrival. As an old tradition to the pilgrims, they have to still give you some ales and bread if you ask! Architecture of the building and the grounds are beautiful.

Thank SarahNRaJ
Southampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

A lovely French style restaurant . The atmosphere is wuite informal which we liked. The food was excellent,

Thank JohnBrod2013
Southampton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Having visited Winchester many times, over many years, I was never aware of this enchanting place! A little bit away from the centre, but well worth the walk!

Thank HildeRebbettes
Budapest, Hungary
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We visited both in autumn and spring and the garden showed it's different faces as various flowers were in bloom. Enchanting historical place with a charming, little tea shop.

Thank Krisztina G

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