Winchester College

Top choice in Winchester

Winchester College delivers a rare chance to nosey around a prestigious English school. It was set up by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382, 14 years after he founded Oxford's New College. Hour-long guided tours take 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. A revealing insight into how the other half learns.

Tours also run at 3.30pm daily during July and August.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Winchester attractions

1. Jane Austen's House

0.05 MILES

A stone's throw from Winchester Cathedral is the house where Jane Austen, one of England's best-loved authors, spent her last six weeks before she died in…

2. Wolvesey Castle

0.13 MILES

The fantastical, crumbling remains of early-12th-century Wolvesey Castle huddle in the protective embrace of the city's walls. Completed by Henry de Blois…

3. Winchester Cathedral

0.16 MILES

One of southern England's most awe-inspiring buildings, 11th-century Winchester Cathedral boasts a fine Gothic facade, one of the longest medieval naves…

5. Winchester City Museum

0.27 MILES

A people-centred canter through Winchester's past with jewellery, mosaics, sculpture, coins and tobacco tins charting a narrative from the Iron Age, via…

6. Round Table & Great Hall

0.42 MILES

Winchester's cavernous Great Hall is the only part of 11th-century Winchester Castle that Oliver Cromwell spared from destruction. Crowning the wall like…

7. Royal Green Jackets Museum

0.48 MILES

The pick of Winchester's cluster of army museums, with its mini rifle-shooting range, a room of 6000 medals and an impressive blow-by-blow diorama of…

8. Hospital of St Cross

0.84 MILES

Welcome to the oldest charitable institution in the country, founded in 1132 by the grandson of William the Conqueror, Henry de Blois. As well as healing…