Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
On a Christian site since at least the 7C, the current building replaced an 11C romanesque cathedral. Begun in 1195, this is a magnificent mixture of the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular gothic styles. It was badly damaged during the civil war, and was restored in the 17C then renovated by Wyatt in the 18C. From 1857-1901, it was reworked by George Gilbert Scott to return it to its Medieval grandeur. Built with pink sandstone, unique in England, and topped with three steeples, the cathedral is known for its detailed main façade, which is entirely decorated with statues of the saints. Some date back to the 13C, but most were created by Scott from 1880 onwards. This is one of the smallest, narrowest and most beautiful cathedrals in England. The keystones of the nave frame, the decorated capitals, the perfect proportions of the nave attract the eye beyond the transept and the western part of the choir, towards the Chapel of the Virgin Mary and the fine 16C Flemish stained glass windows. The enclosure is prettily situated along the pond, among the Georgian, Victorian and neo-Georgian buildings. The best are the dean's house (1704) and bishop's palace (1687 - turned into a school) by Edward Pierce, a student of Wren's.