Receive a warm welcome at Winchester College

Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham in 1382, is one of the world’s most famous and distinguished schools.

Located in the historic surrounds of England’s medieval capital, the school is fortunate to maintain 11 acres of formal gardens and more than 80 listed buildings. Many of these buildings are of national importance and all are in current use.  The school welcomes visitors to its museum, Treasury, and on guided tours, as well as to public events throughout the year, including Heritage Open Days

Read more about our buildings and grounds.

Treasury

The Treasury will be open to visitors between 3 - 28 August 2020, 2-4pm, Monday - Friday. No booking is required.

We have social distancing measures in place and would ask visitors to kindly wear a face covering. Visitors will also be asked for their name and contact details to assist the NHS Test & Trace service. Please do not visit if you or a member of your household has any symptoms of COVID-19.

If you are unable to visit us in person, our latest exhibition, Treasure of Knowledge is available online. 

Much of the collection is also available via the Winchester College Collections database.

The Winchester College Treasury houses the school’s collections of art and archaeology. These include artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome, casts of the Parthenon Frieze, and Chinese ceramics from the Tang to Qing dynasties. They are displayed in the medieval Warden's Stables, converted into a museum in 2016.

There is a comprehensive multimedia guide available and children can follow a free Treasury Trail. A guidebook of the collections is available to purchase.

Heritage Open Days

As the main sponsor of Winchester Heritage Open Days, each September we welcome hundreds of members of the public to view the school's exceptional collections and to explore its hidden treasures - for free.

While we will be unable to welcome visitors into the school for this September's festival, we will be hosting some very special tours outside of the grounds, as well as launching two new films showcasing the architecture, history and rarest parts of the collections.

Guided Tours

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the school has suspended public tours of Winchester College until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to welcome you back soon. Please check our website or social media accounts for the latest information.

One hour tours of Winchester College, led by experienced Tour Guides, concentrate on the medieval heart of the school including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th Century School building.

The school hopes to resume these tours for members of the public as soon as possible.

For more information please contact +44 (0)1962 621209 or enterprises@wincoll.ac.uk

Community Events

Winchester College is fully committed to sharing its resources, expertise and facilities with the wider community.

Throughout the year, in addition its to the outreach work, the school hosts numerous events including: an annual Carol Service for Rose Road, a school and respite centre for children and young people in Hampshire living with disabilities, a Christmas fundraising concert for Trinity Winchester, a Christmas Party for the Elderly, and a Summer Tea for the Elderly.

There is also a Visiting Artists programme, with a series of public concerts from world class musicians, and regular public lectures.

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