About Wellington College

A centre for young learners aged 12-17

Join the English elite for academic and sporting success at one of the UK's largest and most prestigious boarding schools.

Wellington College is located in the royal county of Berkshire, which is also home to the Queen's residence of Windsor Castle. One of England's largest and most exclusive private schools, it was founded by Queen Victoria in 1859 in memory of the Duke of Wellington. Today, Wellington College is building international links and has set up a partner school in Tianjin, in China. The school in China is built identically to that of the college in the UK.

The college's impressive buildings, built in the French chateau style, are surrounded by over 400 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds including woodlands and lakes. The exceptional facilities include extensive playing fields, a contemporary sports hall and a newly-built theatre.



  • Bright, spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Two computer study centres
  • Art room
  • Theatre and drama studio
  • Dining room with outside eating area
  • Student common room
  • On-site sports facilities including tennis courts, a golf course, full-size synthetic football pitches, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • State-of the-art residential accommodation
  • Peaceful, countryside setting
  • Free wireless internet

Duke's Ride
West Berkshire
RG45 7PU


T: 00 44 1223 275598
F: 00 44 1223 851553
E: enquiries@bellenglish.com

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Wellington College
Duke's Ride
West Berkshire
RG45 7PU
00 44 1223 275598
00 44 1223 851553



Free airport transfers

Free transfers (on scheduled arrival and departure days) for courses from Wellington College are available from:

  • London Heathrow (36km/22 miles)
  • London Gatwick (80km/49 miles)

To request a transfer from another airport, please request a quote at the time of booking.

Proximity to popular UK cities

Wellington College is:

  • 62km/39 miles from London
  • 85km/53 miles from Oxford
  • 135km/84 miles from Bath

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English Explorer Electives

Enjoy a range of activities at Wellington College from art and design, horse riding, tennis, performing arts, football, basketball, golf, volleyball and outdoor survival.

Study tours

Popular study tour destinations from Wellington College include:



See the sights including Big Ben, the London Eye on a river cruise and the world-class National Gallery



Take a historic tour of the ‘city of spires’, explore the colleges and enjoy a river punt tour



Visit At-Bristol, one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres

Rowers on the Thames


Visit the River and Rowing Museum and explore the picturesque riverside town, famous for its annual rowing regatta

 Roman Baths


Visit this Roman city and tour the Abbey and the Roman Baths











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Wellington College
Duke's Ride
West Berkshire
RG45 7PU
00 44 1223 275598
00 44 1223 851553

Why choose Wellington?

1. Impressive boarding school founded by Queen Victoria

2. Spectacular building set in extensive grounds

3. Contemporary sports hall

4. Professional theatre

5. A range of premium electives



Find out more about courses at Wellington College: