The Thames Valley Sights

Eton College

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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Signs warn drivers of "Boys Crossing" as you approach the splendid Tudor-style buildings of Eton College, the distinguished boarding school for boys ages 13–18 founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. It's all terrifically photogenic—during the college semester students still dress in pin-stripe trousers, swallow-tail coats, and stiff collars. Rivaling St. George's at Windsor in terms of size, the Gothic Chapel contains superb 15th-century grisaille wall paintings juxtaposed with modern stained glass by John Piper. Beyond the cloisters are the school's playing fields where, according to the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo was really won, since so many of his officers had learned discipline and strategy during their school days. Among the country's prime ministers to be educated here is David Cameron. The Museum of Eton Life has displays on the school's history and vignettes of school life. The school gives public tours, although as of this writing they were suspended due to construction. They are set to resume again by early 2016, but call ahead for more information.

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Brewhouse Yard, Eton, Berkshire, SL4 6DW, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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