Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA
Join us on a fascinating tour of the medieval heart of Winchester College, believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country and considered to have one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Southern England. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Founded by William of Wykeham in the 14th century, Winchester College has the longest unbroken history of any English school. Our tour concentrates on the medieval heart of the College including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall.
William of Wykeham, was Bishop of Winchester 1366-1404 and twice Chancellor of England. He used his wealth to develop a grand scheme of education, partly to increase the number of educated priests in church and government, sections of society badly affected by the Black Death. In 1379 Wykeham founded New College, Oxford, and began to acquire land on which in 1387 he began construction of this College, which opened in 1393. The Foundation provided for the education of seventy Scholars by two Masters, with a Warden, ten Fellows, three Chaplains, sixteen Quiristers and three Lay Clerks to administer the College and provide religious services and music in Chapel.
Today, the College educates around 700 boys aged 13 to 18, with the seventy Scholars still housed in the medieval buildings. The remaining ‘Commoners’ live in 10 boarding houses beyond the central campus.
● Thursday 13 September: Tours starting 1015, 1130, 1415, 1530
● Friday 14 September: Tours starting 1015, 1130, 1415, 1530
● Saturday 15 September: Tours starting 1415, 1530
● Sunday 16 September: Tours starting 1415, 1530
The deadline for bookings will be 48 hours before the tour is scheduled to take place.
Please be aware there are some uneven surfaces so sensible shoes are recommended. Please also be aware there are no public toilets available. As a working school, please note that parking will not be available during the Heritage Open Days weekend. There are a number of public car-parks in the city centre within walking distance from the College.
Max 20 people per tour/session. Tours takes 1 hour.
The Porter's Lodge can be found under the large arch at the main entrance on College Street. Those who have pre-booked on the tour should register with a member of staff on arrival.