Hospital of St Cross

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Hospital of St Cross information

Location
Winchester , England
Address
St Cross Rd
Telephone
+44 1962 853525
More information
www.stcrosshospital.co.uk
Prices
adult/child £4/2
Opening hours
9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1-5pm Sun Apr-Oct 10.30am-3.30pm Mon-Sat Nov-Mar
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Welcome to the oldest charitable institution in the country, founded in 1132 by the grandson of William the Conqueror, Henry de Blois. As well as healing the sick and housing the needy, the hospital was built to care for pilgrims and crusaders en route to the Holy Land. Today, it’s roamed by elderly black- and red-gowned brothers, who hand out the Wayfarer’s Dole; a crust of bread and horn of ale (now a small swig of beer) from the Porter's Gate.

Make sure you visit the stumpy church, the brethren hall, the kitchen and the peaceful gardens. The best way to arrive is via the 1-mile Keats' Walk through the water meadows; pick up the trail near Wolvesey Castle.