Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham in 1382, is one of the world’s most famous and distinguished schools. Public access to the school's rich heritage and expertise is a priority and we host community events throughout the year, including a rich programme of talks and tours for Heritage Open Days.
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. More information on the school's location and buildings can be found here.
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. Tours are available daily and start at the Porters’ Lodge on College Street, SO23 9NA.
September - March: Monday to Saturday at 10.15, 11.30 and 14.15, Sunday at 14.15 and 15.30 (Dec-Jan 14:15 tour only).
April – August: Monday to Saturday at 10.15, 11.30, 14.15 and 15.30, Sunday at 14.15 and 15.30.
Tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £7 (seniors 60+ and students), Children under 11 are free. Groups of fewer than 10 need not pre-book and can purchase a ticket directly from the Tour Guide.
For further information on our guided tours or for group bookings please contact us on +44 (0)1962 621209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occasionally a school function or other event may lead to a tour not being available. Please check availability by contacting us at the details above.
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.
The Treasury is open to members of the public from 2-4pm every day, except Christmas and New Year. Last admission is at 3.30pm. On rare occasions we have to close the Treasury for an exhibition changeover; details will be posted here.
There is a comprehensive multimedia guide available and children can follow a free Treasury Trail. A guidebook of the collections is available to purchase.
The College Archives record the history of the school, its estates, buildings and pupils from its foundation. Uniquely, the archives are housed in the same rooms built for their storage in the 1390s, and due to the quality of that provision, remain remarkably well preserved.
We welcome enquiries about all aspects of the school’s history. For more information, to make an appointment to visit, or to send an enquiry, please contact the College Archivist, Suzanne Foster.
Throughout the year the school hosts numerous performances, talks and special events, many of which are free and open to the public.
As the main sponsor of Heritage Open Days in Winchester, we welcome hundreds of members of the public each September for free access to the school's exceptional collections, archives, and some hidden treasures.
We are always delighted to welcome local residents to join us for our regular Chapel services, including Evensong.
9th September 2019
Celebrated as having the "most beautiful setting" in The Week's Independent Schools Guide 2019, some of those responsible for creating and maintaining this stunning environment write about the challenges and joys of working at the school.
15th August 2019
As part of its commitment to improve access to all, the school has started to run tours for the visually impaired, which are providing a different perspective on many aspects of the school for everyone involved as guides and participants are encouraged to experience the medieval buildings and environment in new ways.
18th June 2019
A beautiful new publication showcases 50 treasures from the school's outstanding collections.
6th March 2019
On Thursday 28th March, Bridget Kendall, MBE, former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent and now Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge will visit Winchester College
23rd November 2018
On Friday 23rd November 2018, Year 6 pupils from Stanmore Primary School will create a ‘pop up’ art show in the Winchester College Treasury as part of the national Kids in Museums Takeover Day.
25th October 2018
On Monday 5th November 2018, globally renowned string quartet, The Doric String Quartet will perform composer Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, The Seven Last Words of Christ in the Quire of Winchester Cathedral.