Winchester College

Winchester College information

Winchester , United Kingdom
Street College St
+44 1962 621100
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tours adult/child £6/5
Opening hours
10.45am & noon Mon-Sat, plus 2.15pm & 3.30pm Wed, Fri-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Winchester College gives you a rare chance to nosey around a prestigious English private school. It was set up by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester in 1393, 14 years after he founded Oxford's New College. Hour-long guided tours trail through the school's medieval core, taking in the 14th-century Gothic chapel, complete with wooden vaulted roof, the dining room (called College Hall), and a vast 17th-century open classroom (called School), where exams are still held. It's all deeply atmospheric and unshakably affluent; a revealing insight into how the other half learns. Tours start from the Porter's Lodge; access to the college is by guided tour only.