In The Area: Eton
Just across the river from Windsor is the charming town of Eton.
This old English settlement is dominated by Eton College, the 15th-century school which has educated many of the nation’s leading political figures, including members of the royal family.
The town itself is rather small, with a population of just under 5,000. The central High Street is populated with a great range of restaurants and cafes in which to while away a lazy afternoon.
Wander further down the thoroughfare and you’ll happen across an array of shops and independents, many tailored to the traditions and requirements of the town’s iconic college. The College is the main draw.
Eton was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as “Kynge’s College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore” to provide free education to 70 poor boys who would then go on to King’s College, Cambridge. Today the college is a very modern institution, yet it retains its distinctive “school dress” and has a fame that is second to none.
Guided tours of the College are available throughout the year, dependent on term times.
There are three wonderful museums at Eton, all open free of charge on Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 5pm – The Natural History Museum, The Museum of Eton Life and the Museum of Antiquities.
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