Receive a warm welcome to Winchester College

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

Guided tours of Winchester College

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

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.

Winchester College Treasury

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 between 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. 

Drop-in to our free family fun day on Wednesday 19 February and explore our Amazing Animals. Join our children's trail or take part in our craft activities. 10:30am - 4pm. Suitable for ages 5 - 11.

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 Archives

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

Heritage Open Days and Community events

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.  

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