Winchester College

www.visitwinchester.co.uk/winchester-college

  • Winchester College Chapel exterior
  • Winchester College Chapel Interior
  • Winchester College Chapel exterior
  • Winchester College Chapel Interior

Winchester College

College Street, Winchester

SO23 9NA

Believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country...

Founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester 1366-1404, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Our guided tours concentrate on the medieval heart of the College and include Chamber Court, which takes its name from the Scholars’ and Fellows’ chambers enclosing it; the 14th century Gothic Chapel with one of the earliest examples of a wooden vaulted roof; College Hall, the original Scholars’ dining room; School, the 17th century redbrick schoolroom and the original medieval cloister.

Today the College educates around 700 boys aged 13 to 18, with the 70 scholars still housed in these medieval buildings.

Admission to the College is by guided tour only; these are available all year except between Christmas and New Year. As the College is a working school, some venues may be unavailable due to School use – please check the College website for details: www.winchestercollege.org/guided-tours

  • Limited wheelchair access

Guided tour times: September - March
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10:15am, 11:30am, 2:15pm
Tuesday and Thursday
10:15am and 11:30am
Sunday
2:15pm and 3:30pm (2:15pm tour only in January)

Guided tour times: April to August
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

10:15am, 11:30am, 2:15pm and 3:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday

10:15am and 11:30am

Sunday

2:15pm and 3:30pm

Please note that there will be NO tour at 14:15 on 21 December 2016

Christmas closure: There will be no tours of the College between 24th December 2016 - 1st January 2017 inclusive.

It will re-open on Monday 2 January 2017.

 

Please check the College website for dates when the College may be closed: www.winchestercollege.org/guided-tours 

Adult £7.00 
Students and Senior Citizens £6.00

Road

Parking is limited around the College and visitors are advised to use the either the Park and ride or city centre car parks. Follow signs to the Cathedral and walk through the Cathedral Close to St Swithun’s Street, turn left under Kingsgate Arch and bear left into College Street. The Porters Lodge, (main entrance) to the College can be found on the right hand side.

Public transport

From railway station follow signs to the City centre and Cathedral. From the Broadway follow signs to the Cathedral.

From the Cathedral walk through the Cathedral Close to St Swithun’s Street, turn left under Kingsgate Arch and bear left into College Street. The Porters Lodge, (main entrance) to the College can be found on the right hand side.

Tours will not be running on the following dates:  
Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 April inclusive
Saturday 30 April 11:30am
Saturday 7 May
Sunday 8 May
Friday 20 May 14.15 and 15.30
Saturday 21 May
Saturday 28 May
Saturday 4 June
Saturday 18 June
Saturday 28 June
Subject to change. 

The venue called School will not be included on tours running:
Saturday 23 April
Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 April inclusive
On various dates in May and June due to examinations.

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