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Care and Contemplation: a tour of Winchester’s Religious Houses

Meeting Point - outside St. Johns House, The Broadway, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BE

Join Thomas Hayes for a unique tour of Winchester’s monastic past.

Religious houses were an incredibly important part of medieval Winchester. The well-known monasteries dominated both the spiritual and physical landscape, however various other institutions also put the concept of religious devotional life into practice in Winchester.

Where the monasteries and nunneries were focused on contemplation and seclusion, the friaries focused on outreach and the hospitals focused on care; all forms of religious life, but with different outputs and impact. With over ten religious houses operating in medieval Winchester at its peak, the impact that these institutions had on the city was significant and can still be seen and felt today.

Starting at St. John’s Hospital in the Broadway, this walking tour will take in the sites and remains of many of the monasteries, friaries and hospitals of medieval Winchester and explore their impact on the City, both then and now.

●  Saturday 21 September: 1400-1530

We’re expecting this to be a popular tour, book early to ensure your place! Remember box office opens for general public on 7th August, but if you subscribe to our supporters mailing list you can book before this date.

Max 20 people. This 90minue walk will be exploring much of the historic centre of Winchester, and so please wear comfy shoes for walking in.