known locally as the Minster is dedicated to Saint Cuthburga, sister
to Ina, King of the West Saxons who founded a Benedictine
nunnery at the site, circa AD705. The atmosphere within the church feels both welcoming and
The Minster is recognised for its unusual chained
library (one of only four in the world), an astronomical clock
that predates Galileo and the resting place of King Ethelred
of Wessex (AD 871).
The Church is open to the public daily - 9.30am to 5.30pm (Sun 2.30pm to 5.30pm). Sunday mornings are for services only.
The Chained Library is open to the Public - 10.30am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 4pm, from Easter Monday
until the end of October (winter - Sat only 10am to 12.30pm. Manned by volunteers. For
confirmation of opening times and arranging group visits, contact
the Parish Office on Tel:01202 884753