Groups of up to fifty people are very welcome at the Hospital of St Cross. They must be pre-booked. A guided tour (max twenty-five in one group) and refreshments can also be booked. The Hospital has received visits from groups all over the world. More local to home there have been many from NADFAS, from The National Trust, U3A, Garden Societies and others.
The Tea Room in the Hundred Men’s Hall is open for morning coffee and afternoon tea in the spring and summer months, served with delicious cakes. Groups should always pre-book. For groups only, these can also be served to order in the winter months. In addition, although not available to individuals, simple lunches can be booked for groups all year. These can consist of sandwiches; ploughman’s; soup and bread/cheese, with fresh fruit for dessert. Prices on application.
GUIDED TOURS (pre-booked groups only)
A tour round the Hospital with a Brother, wearing his traditional gown and trencher hat. The tour is roughly an hour in length and covers the history and architecture of this superb medieval building complex.
Visitors may explore the Norman church, the 14th century Brethren’s Hall with its Minstrels’ Gallery, the Tudor Ambulatory and the Georgian Kitchen and Bread Room, hearing about the historical facts as well as the legends and the half-truths. They may also enjoy the beauty of the Master’s Garden.
Visitors may, on request, partake of the unique and ancient tradition of the “Wayfarer’s Dole” . This is a small cup of ale and a morsel of bread.
Unusual, stylish and attractive small gifts may be found in the Porter’s Lodge Shop.
To book a tour with a Brother please ring Catherine Secker, Porter, on 01962 851375 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A charge of £15 is made for each guided tour in addition to the admission fee payable on the day. Brothers provide tours after 11.30am on Wednesdays, and after 10.30am on all other days except Sundays.
There is limited wheelchair access.
Other Places to Visit in Winchester, to make a combined day:
It is enjoyable to walk along the water meadows to:
• Winchester Cathedral www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk
• The NT Winchester City Mill www.nationaltrust.org.uk
• The Great Hall & Round Table www3.hants.gov.uk/greathall
• Winchester College www.winchestercollege.org.uk