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.
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 email@example.com.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Treasury is closed to the public 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.
In the meantime, much of the collection is available online for consultation, 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.
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.
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.
There is also a Visiting Artists programme, with a series of public concerts from world class musicians, and regular public lectures.
8th May 2020
On the anniversary of VE day, we look back at how Winchester marked this day in history.
27th April 2020
In view of the current COVID-19 outbreak, Tim Giddings examines the school’s previous encounters with epidemics.
8th January 2020
The stunning collection of Chinese art bequeathed to the school by Major Montagu and Eileen Duberly in honour of their son James, is now available to view online through the development of a new Winchester College Collections Database.
30th September 2019
The Treasury museum at the school is now free to the public and open daily, as we make these wonderful treasures more accessible to all.
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.
9th July 2019
To mark the 200th anniversary of Keats's time in Winchester, the school will host two public talks and a new exhibition about the poet.