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Eton College

Berkshire

Type:Historic House / Palace

Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6DW

Tel: +44 01753 671177

Eton College

About

Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI to provide free education for 70 poor scholars who would then go on to further their education at King’s College, Cambridge. Life in the early days was harsh: the boys had to wash outside using only cold water. From these 70 scholars, the school has expanded to about 1,311 boys aged from 13 to 18 who are admitted by competitive examination, and has become one of the most well known schools in the world.

Eton has educated 19 former British Prime Ministers including the Duke of Wellington, Walpole, Pitt the Elder, MacMillan and Douglas-Home, and the current PM Cameron. The School Dress, which dates from the 1850s, still consists of a black tailcoat and waistcoat and pin-striped trousers.

Owing to building work, we regret we cannot accommodate any public visits to Eton at present. When the work is completed, hopefully by Autumn 2015, public tours will resume.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible - Wheelchair users please enter via The Porters' Lodge

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Rowlands Tap offers teas daily Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays) throughout July until Sunday 5th August. The tea room is located next to the visitor Centre close to the traffic lights and opposite College Chapel. Cream teas £5.00 .

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Green Transport - direct bus from Slough and Heathrow. Short walk from Windsor where buses and coaches operate to Slough, Staines and Bracknell.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 hour
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 14 for a private tour.
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - During Holidays
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups - During the Visitor Season March-Sept

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Via M4 Moterway:From London or M25 (junction15) - off at junction 5 follow signs for Eton. From the West - off at junction 6 and follow signs for Eton.

Public Transport Directions

South West Trains: London Waterloo or Clapham Junction to Windsor and Eton Riverside, then walk over Windsor Bridge. Thames Trains and Great Western: London Paddington or Reading to Slough, then change for Windsor and Eton Central. Walk down from the castle to Windsor Bridge. Coach Park- It is advisable to park the coach in Windsor coach park and either walk over the bridge to Eton or request that the coach driver drops your party outside the main entrance at Eton College and picks you up from the same area at a pre-set time. Coaches are not allowed access into Eton Highstreet and parking in the vicinity of the College is very limited.There is no direct access for vehicles over the River Thames from Windsor to Eton; Windsor Bridge is for pedestrians only. One can walk across Windsor Bridge and walk up Eton High Street towards the Chapel on your right. The Eton College Gift Shop is on your left.

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