Winchester College

College Street Winchester SO23 9NA

Founded by William of Wykeham, exclusive Winchester College is the oldest public school in the country – ironically, established in 1392 for ‘poor scholars’. For an insight into the finest education (a lot of) money can buy, take one of the hour-long tours of its medieval courts and cloisters, which include a visit to the original dining hall and the 17th-century school room, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is still, of course, a working school so access can sometimes vary and its worth checking ahead. In the holiday period, however, tours run regularly.

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