Founded in 1382 Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Our guided tours concentrate on the mediaeval heart of the College, and include Chamber Court; the 14th century Gothic Chapel, with one of the earliest examples of a wooden vaulted roof; College Hall, the original Scholars' dining room; School, the seventeenth century redbrick schoolroom and the original mediaeval cloister.
Open: For individuals and small groups, walk in tours last approximately one hour and are available throughout the year. Group tours for parties of 10+ must be booked at least one month in advance.
Tour Times (from Sept 1st 2014)
September - March
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.15am and 11.30am, and 2.15pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10.15am and 11.30am
Sunday 2.15pm and 3.30pm
April - August
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.15am and 11.30am, 2.15pm and 3.30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10.15am 11.30am
Sunday 2.15pm and 3.30pm
Please note we are a working school and Tours may sometimes be cancelled due to a College event. Additional tours may be run during the summer months, please check the website regularly for up to date details.
Tours start from the Porters' Lodge on College Street. Please see below for dates when tours will not be running.
Standby tours of the College are available at the following times and start at the Porters' Lodge, College Street:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10:45, 12:00, 14:15, 15:30
Tuesday and Thursday - 10:45, 12:00
Sunday - 14:15, 15:30
Tours will not be running on the following dates:
Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 29 and 30 August
Thursday 4, Friday 5, Sunday 7, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September
Wednesday 1, Saturday 4 (afternoon) and Sunday 19 October
Sunday 2 and Saturday 22 November
Sunday 14, Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 December 2014
Subject to change.
The venue called School will not be included on tours running:
Admission: Adults £7.00 and Concessions ( Seniors and Students) £6.00 - No charge is made for children up to 11 years old.
Please be aware that building work is planned for Summer 2014. Please check this web page for updates.
We Will Remember Them
We are fast approaching the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Five hundred Old Wykehamists lost their lives in the conflict at a time when the pupil body was just four hundred and fifty. Discover why this Via Sacra, found within the precincts of the College and considered by some to be the most beautiful in Britain, was so controversial in the making. What, or who, connects this spiritual War Cloister with New Delhi, Pretoria and the Bank of England? Take your time to admire the fine architecture, sculpture, heraldry and symbolism of War Cloister.
Sunday 31 August 2014 at 14:30 (final)
Tickets must be pre-booked. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01962 621 209 for more details.
Entry fee: £5 per person.
Free for Old Wykehamists.
There is limited wheelchair access.
Here is a copy of the Guided Tours leaflet
For further information on our guided tours please contact:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Winchester College Enterprises,
73 Kingsgate Street,
Tel : +44(0) 1962 621209
Email : Enterprises@wincoll.ac.uk
July 17th - August 11th inclusive