Explore Winchester College

Join one of our guided tours, led by experienced and friendly guides, to learn more about the College’s history and enjoy its stunning historic architecture and tranquil gardens.

All tours last for one hour and start at the Porters’ Lodge on College Street, SO23 9NA. Adult tickets are £12 and concessions are £10.50.

Due to high demand, we strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance. For bookings of 10 or more, please contact us.

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College Tours

Tours of the College’s original 14th-century campus run daily, focusing on the school’s history and medieval architecture. Highlights include:

Chamber Court (the medieval heart of the College), Chapel (the 14th-century Gothic chapel), College Hall (where the Scholars still eat their meals), Cloisters and the 17th-century redbrick schoolroom

TOUR TIMES: Monday - Sunday, 14.15 and 15.30

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War Cloister Tours

Commemorating 100 years since the opening of the College’s tranquil private war memorial, these thought-provoking tours bring to life the stories of the pupils and teachers from Winchester who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts, as well as the architecture, symbolism, and impact of War Cloister today. It has been described by Historic England as the largest private war memorial in Europe.

TOUR TIMES: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 14.00 and 15.30


Garden Tours

Led by members of the Winchester College gardening team, these tours explore the vast biodiversity and horticultural history of the beautiful hidden gardens of Winchester College. This includes a look at a traditional college ‘quad’, a quiet sitting garden for the old College sick house, the tranquil gardens of the College’s war memorial, and the ‘Warden's Garden’ with its herbaceous borders, woodland, and private section of one of the most famous chalk streams in the world.


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Group Bookings

We welcome group bookings for all tours. For bookings of 10 people or more, please contact us or ring our Tours Coordinator on 01962 814 611.

Please note that group bookings for Garden Tours in 2024 are now full, but we are taking expressions of interest for 2025.  

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