Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in England. The College has greatly expanded over the years but the original buildings remain intact. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of John Keats, and see the College's many historic buildings, including the 14th-century gothic chapel with one of the earliest examples of a fan-vaulted roof constructed from wood rather than stone, the original scholars' dining room and the cloister containing memorials to former members of the College including one to Mallory the Mountaineer.
- Parking nearby
- One building in the tour has access via staircase, flints and cobbles can be uneven and slippery when wet. No visitor toilets on site
- Facilities: Access ramps
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year. Guided tours available Apr-Aug, Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat 10.15, 11.30, 2.15 and 3.30; Tue and Thu 10.15 & 11.30, Sun 2.15 and 3.30; Sep-Mar, Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat 10.15, 11.30 and 2.15, Tue and Thu 10.15 and 11.30, Sun 2.15 and 3.30. Gr
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Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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