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Winchester College - Guided Tour of the War Cloister

Guided tours start from the Winchester College Porters’ Lodge, Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA

Winchester College has been described as one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Southern England, and the War Cloister is one of the most beautiful within the collection. 

The War Cloister was the vision of Headmaster Montague Rendall and designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker It was originally designed as a memorial to the 500 former pupils killed during the First World War and is the largest private war memorial in Europe.

It contains a wealth of symbolic detail. Recorded on the stone corbels and beams of the roof are the badges of the 120 regiments in which Old Wykehamists served. The badges of the regiments most closely associated with Winchester: the Royal Artillery, the Hampshire Regiment and the King’s Royal Rifle Corps are held by angels on the oak struts. In each of the corners, the four quarters of the Empire are commemorated. Africa, Australasia, Canada and the West Indies, and India.

●  Thursday 19 September: Tours 1400 and 1600

Tours must be pre-booked in advance

Access Information:
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.

Additional Information:
Max 20 people per tour/session. Tour takes approximately 1 hour.