Guided tours start from the Porter's Lodge, Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA
Our tour concentrates on the medieval heart of the College including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th century school building.
Founded by William of Wykeham in the 14th century, Winchester College has the longest unbroken history of any English school. 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 19 September: Tours starting 1015, 1130, 1415, 1530
● Friday 20 September: Tours starting 1015, 1130, 1415, 1530
● Saturday 21 September: Tours starting 1415, 1530
● Sunday 22 September: Tours starting 1415, 1530
Preferred. There are up to 2 tours that can be booked on arrival/on the day. If you would like more information on these tours, please contact us via here.
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 1hr Some tours must be pre-booked, others can be booked on the day via the college. Full details will be available via the Winchester Heritage Open Days website.
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.