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Winchester College

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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.

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There is limited wheelchair access

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Adult ticket – £8

Student and Senior Citizen ticket – £7

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Winchester College – 50p off admission

Explore the oldest school in England with 50p off single admission to Winchester College.

Download a copy of the voucher here.

You can also download the Winchester Visitor Map to get this special offer and many more.

Request a hard copy

*Upon presentation of this voucher (EM03)

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Guided tour times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10.15am, 11.30am, 2.15pm, (3.30pm April – August only)
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 10.15am & 11.30am
  • Sunday: 2.15pm & 3.30pm (2:15pm tour only December – January)

Please note tours will not be run on the following dates:

  • Saturday 7 April
  • Saturday 14 April
  • Saturday 21 April
  • Monday 23 Wednesday 25th (inclusive)
  • Saturday 28 April – no pm tours
  • Saturday 5 May
  • Friday 18 May

Check college website for up-to-date information on closures.

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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.

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