Home to the famous Eton College and part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the historic town of Eton can be found on the opposite bank of the River Thames as you cross over the footbridge from Windsor during your stay.
Visiting England’s Famous Public School
There’s much to see in Eton beyond its notable college namesake, however many journey to the area to catch a glimpse of the renowned education centre that is the second oldest of its kind in the nation.
Established by King Henry VI as an all-boys school in 1440 with the aim of providing opportunities for an education like his own, 70 boys from underprivileged backgrounds, with some as young as five years old, were initially housed and educated at Eton free of charge - becoming known as the King’s Scholars.
Primarily taught Latin until Greek was added to the timetable in the early 17th century, prayer and religion were also integral to school culture - emphasised by the building of a chapel on the college grounds – with the college’s focus today centred on a rounded curriculum including sports, music and drama.
Prominent alumni include a diverse list of politicians and writers such as George Orwell, while princes William and Harry also went to school here.
Shopping in Eton
Whether seeking the perfect gift to take back home or uncovering sought after antiques, Eton High Street includes an eclectic mix of quirky, independent retailers and recognisable brands – spanning everything from modern art to beauty products and herbal medicines.
Leading all the way down to Eton College, the mile-long street takes in brightly coloured and well-preserved shop fronts including buildings dating back as far as the 15th century.
Highlights you won’t want to miss are Eton Antique Bookshop, the Eton College Gift Shop and jewellery at Turner and Thom for treating that extra special someone.