Receive a warm welcome at Winchester College

Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham in 1382, is one of the world’s most famous and distinguished schools and a heritage site of international significance.

Located in the historic surrounds of England’s medieval capital, the school is fortunate to maintain 11 acres of formal gardens and more than 80 listed buildings, many of which are used by the school today. The school welcomes visitors seven days a week to its museum, Treasury, and on a range of guided tours, as well as to public events throughout the year.

Guided Tours

The College offers a range of public tours throughout the year, showcasing the College's history, architecture and gardens. These include:

College Tours, which run daily and focus on the school's history and medieval architecture.

War Cloister Tours, to mark one hundred years since the opening of the College's tranquil private war memorial.

Garden Tours, which will explore the vast biodiversity and horticultural history of the College's beautiful hidden gardens.

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Treasury Museum

The Treasury Museum houses the school’s collections of art and archaeology. These include artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome, casts of the Parthenon Frieze, and Chinese ceramics from the Tang to Qing dynasties. Take a virtual tour.

War Cloister: A Centenary Exhibition - 22 January to 31 July. 

2024 is the 100th anniversary of the opening of War Cloister, the College’s memorial to the dead of the First World War. A display in Treasury explores the development of this important work of architecture, described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘incomparably the best of all the War Memorials.’  

The Treasury is open 2 - 4pm every day. Entry is free and there is no need to pre-book.  For more information or to inquire about school bookings or other special groups, please email the Museum Manager.

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Community Events

Winchester College is committed to sharing its resources and facilities with the wider community.

Throughout the year, the school hosts numerous events including the annual National Garden Scheme weekend, Heritage Open Days, concerts and afternoon teas for local schools and charities, as well as carol services.


Choral Evensong

Members of the public are very welcome to attend Choral Evensong, which is sung in Chapel at 17:30 most Tuesdays, and Quirister Eucharist, also in Chapel at 17:30 on Thursdays. Visitors should sign in at the Porters' Lodge on College Street on arrival.

Please always check the school calendar for the most up-to-date information.