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.
Please be aware that, as a working school, our priority is to protect the health and safety of pupils and staff and we ask all visitors to adhere to protocols above the Government recommendations. We request that all visitors wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) and make use of the hand sanitiser on arrival and at touch points throughout the school. Winchester College has a government venue QR code so please ensure you check-in on arrival. Please do not visit if you are showing any symptoms of flu, COVID-19 or the common cold.
Our one hour tours, 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 film, Hidden Winchester, takes in some of the highlights you will see on the tour, as well as revealing hidden spaces not usually seen by the public.
Adults £9, Concessions £7 (No charge for children under 11)
Monday – Saturday 10:15, 11:30, 14:15 and 15:30
Sunday 14:15 and 15:30
Tickets are typically available on the day from the Tour Guide, at the Porters Lodge or can be booked in advance at the link below.
Groups of 10 or more should pre-book by emailing our Tours team or by phone on 01962 621209.
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 please ask the guide for a free Treasury Trail to entertain younger visitors. A guidebook of the collections is available to purchase.
You can now explore much of the collection online via the Winchester College Collections database and take a virtual tour of the galleries, via the link below.
The Treasury is open 2 - 4pm every day.
Entry is free and there is no need to pre-book. Please wear a mask inside the museum, unless exempt for medical reasons.
For more information or to inquire about school bookings or other special groups, please email the Museum Manager.
Winchester College is committed to sharing its resources, expertise and facilities with the wider community.
Throughout the year, 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.
As the main sponsor of Winchester Heritage Open Days, each September we typically welcome hundreds of members of the public to view the school's exceptional collections and to explore its hidden treasures - for free.
For our September 2021 programme, we look forward to hosting some very special tours of the College and have produced three new films showcasing some of the rarest items in our collections.
The historic city of Winchester retains many of the footpaths, watermeadows and surrounding countryside that would have been familiar to William of Wykeham and pupils of Winchester College throughout the centuries.
Two guided walks are available to download via the links on the right. A Winchester Walk highlights points of interest both on school grounds and in the immediate area, including Wolvesey Palace, Priory Gate and St Catherine's Hill.
The Wykeham Manor walk takes visitors through the attractive village of Kingsclere, which has a long shared history with the College.
24th August 2021
England's largest free heritage festival takes place this September with Heritage Open Days. To celebrate this year's theme of 'Edible England', our College Archivist reflects on some of the unique terminology that has been associated with food over the centuries.
5th July 2021
In anticipation of a new Everest exhibition in Treasury this September, Mr Bill Norton, son of explorer and mountaineer Edward Norton spoke to pupils and staff about the challenges and team dynamics of the 1921 expedition.
28th May 2021
The school's Treasury museum will re-open to the public next month, on Monday 21 June, in line with Government advice.
30th March 2021
John Keats died 200 years ago of tuberculosis. He stayed in Winchester in 1819, his most productive year as a poet. While here he took regular walks in the water meadows and wrote “Ode to Autumn” after walking along the river to the Hospital of St Cross. This article looks at his time in Winchester and the disease which would eventually 'take his breath away'.
29th September 2020
To mark the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth, Fellows' Librarian Richard Foster explains the importance of one of the school's latest acquisitions.
7th September 2020
Celebrating our history, buildings, people and collections, the school announces two new films and a podcast as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.