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.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer guided tours at present but look forward to welcoming back visitors soon.
Our one hour tours, led by experienced Tour Guides, usually concentrate on the medieval heart of the school including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th Century School building.
A new film, Hidden Winchester, takes in some of the highlights as well as revealing hidden spaces not usually seen by the public.
Due to COVID-19, the Treasury is currently closed to members of the public. Please view our latest exhibition online at Treasure of Knowledge. You can explore much of the collection 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 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 this year's festival, we hosted some very special tours outside of the grounds, and produced two new films showcasing the architecture, history and rarest parts of the collections.
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.
26th June 2020
There is always something to celebrate at Winchester College and the last couple of years have been particularly full of significant anniversaries - the opening of the boarding houses and the conversion of Commoners into classrooms - and this summer sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of Moberly Library.
14th June 2020
Archivist Suzanne Foster looks back at how the tradition of Winchester Match developed into the event we know today and shares how it looked in past years.
10th June 2020
Whilst the important commemorations of major moments in the Second World War have dominated our collective consciousness in recent months, there are important episodes in British history from that critical period that are less known but where Old Wykehamists played significant roles. History teacher, James Webster, delves into the details.