Review of 'Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market'

The annual Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is located in the close on the south side of the cathedral. The market features a central area with various stalls selling food and a live music stage. Surrounding this area there are a loads of stalls selling everything from crafts (oddly, there is a separate craft area which was very crowded which had some different things on offer but not that much), to drinks, food, art and jewellery.

Fancy Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate Stall

The food options were pretty disappointing, basically, Fish & Chips, burgers and the like though there was a stall from France selling a dish of potatoes, sausage and cheese (your choice of “Raclette” or “Compte”) which, of course, I visited (very warming and tasty with the big pieces of sausages).

Potatoes and Cheese...Very warming

There were also several cute-looking carts selling traditional Christmas snacks such as candied nuts and chestnuts at exorbitant prices…but they looked nice.

Expensive Snacks

Despite being very busy (it is free entrance) the market had a very nice atmosphere and had a good selection of stalls selling lots of local (Hampshire) products. A nice atmosphere.


High Street

Visiting on a Sunday we were pleased to find out that the council offered free Park and Ride for the day, dropping us at the base of the High Street outside the Guildhall. We were also happy to find the weekly antique market was on…indeed, the whole town seemed like a large market.

High Street

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2021-12-05

Winchester Cathedral

Location: Hampshire (England)

Address: 9 The Cl, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS ENGLAND

Public Transport: NRLOGO Winchester

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 857200


Winchester Cathedral is an impressive medieval Anglican cathedral known for being the final resting place of famous English novelist Jane Austen. There are a number of tours available and a rather good, modern, gift shop outside the main entrance that features not only souvenirs of the cathedral but of the area as well. There is a small admission charge (£9.95 at time of writing).