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Winchester College

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Address: Winchester College College Street, Winchester SO23 9LX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1962 621100

The country's oldest continuously running school.

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Wonderful ancient college

Winchester college was founded by William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester, at the end of the 14th century, probably making it the oldest college in England. The college... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Winchester college was founded by William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester, at the end of the 14th century, probably making it the oldest college in England. The college houses nine Grade I, four Grade II* and eighty Grade II listed buildings and has been extended over the years. Although a quintessentially English boarding school modern facilities add to this... More 

Thank Taormina56
Fareham, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our tour very much and were fascinated to see old tables carved with graffiti from 200 hundred years ago. It seems amazing that the dormitories did not have heating until quite recently.

Thank Bob H
Poole, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

A very interesting and enjoyable tour of this fine and historic centre of learning. Viki was our guide. She knew her subject and was very professional in her approach and presentation. Nicely balanced and informative. It is a working school and this has to be respected. However, the tour provides a good feel for the tradition and history of this... More 

Thank BILL C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Arrived in time (prior) to 10.15 ( scheduled departure time) and waited. Nothing going on. After 10 minutes asked the porter what was happening and he said the guide had been there but had left (he said at 10.15 but I know that isn't right). He said there was another tour at 11.30. Dealing with the public needs professionalism and... More 

Thank TheoProf
Margate, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Decided to do this tour after reading other reviews, turned up with a couple of mins to spare and joined 4 others, we were guided by Suzanne who although softly spoken had great knowledge and answered all of the various questions asked. The tour includes some outside areas (photos allowed as long as pupils not present as well as several... More 

Thank Eric B
Haslemere, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We have visited many times and it is always a great place with such a history, different guides give a different slant on the College and there is so much to learn

Thank Christopher S
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

An independent boys school first set up in 14th century by William of Wykeham to provide an education for 70 poor scholars. The motto is 'Manners makyth man'. Now totalling 700 pupils the original buildings include a chapel with fantastic windows and as the pupil population grew so additional buildings surrounding the original school building were acquired. An hour tour... More 

Thank bryan490
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Winchester college is one of UK's oldest public schools and the tour includes several significant school buildings including the chapel, dining hall, and Georgian school hall. The tour takes about an hour and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, clearly spoken, mixing fact with interesting stories of the origin of the school and some of its traditions. The guided tour... More 

1 Thank David C
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22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

What can I say about the Old College,it's a very interesting place indeed,what with private chapel,that have been used in films and a famous Author by the name of Anthony Trollop was once a pupil here...you will be taken on a guided tour,which is worth the time..

Thank tinker1967
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Decided at the last minute to do this tour on a visit to Winchester. No booking required. Just turn up at the Porter's Lodge about 20 minutes before time of tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The whole college is steeped in history and the buildings date from 14th Century. The tour lasted for about 50 minutes. It is... More 

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