Church Street, Southwell, United Kingdom
Southwell Minster Reviews
Southwell Minster Oct 06, 2013
The visit to the minster is free, just like any religious building should be, but they do rely, at least in part, on donations. You can buy a guide to the minster for £3, and that will give you a few pointers as to what you are looking at, the history behind it all, and the highlights to look out for in each area in turn.
The minster is designed in a cruciform shape, and each of the twelve areas has its highlight spots. My personal favourites are the Chapter House, with its brilliant stone carvings (see if you can find the pigs eating acorns), and the Pilgrims' Chapel.
It is a shining example of medieval building, and set in the very pretty town of Southwell, it is an easy half-day trip out from Nottingham, and is well serviced by buses from the city. The town was also home to one of the most famous poets of English history in Lord Byron. You can find his old house just on the outskirts of the town centre, and just past the old sweet shop (fans of these style sweets, from my younger years, should try a quarter of Rhubarb and custards. I lived off these for about a decade!).
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