Hotels in Eton
Best known for its rather distinguished public school, Eton is a charming Berkshire town that lies on the River Thames. Book an Eton hotel with us and discover this delightful destination that has witnessed the education of 19 prime ministers, generations of aristocracy and even fictional characters such as James Bond and Bertie Wooster.
Let Eaton flourish
The town is synonymous with its independent boarding school Eton College whose motto, Let Eaton Flourish, certainly seems to have worked for many of its graduates. Founded in 1440 by Henry VI, The school grounds take up the entire town north of Barnes Pool Bridge. Here you'll see many impressive buildings such as the college chapel built in the late Gothic or Perpendicular style. Whether taking an official tour or walking around the perimeter of the grounds, there's no doubt that Eton College is an impressive institution. And if you're in the town on a Sunday, visit the Natural History Museum there which opens in the afternoon.
Green and pleasant land
There are a number of parks and green spaces in and around Eton. Most are owned by the school and much of it is open to the public. The Brocas is a delightful riverside meadow which is perfect for picnics. South facing, ensuring lots of summer sun, you'll have wonderful views of a certain royal castle across the riverâ€¦
The castle on Eton's doorstep
A short walk from Eton, over a footbridge that crosses the Thames, takes you to the world's oldest and largest occupied castle and the official residence of The Queen, Windsor Castle. Wander the grounds, state rooms and chapel of this perfectly preserved regal residence. And remember to see the always-special exhibition that is held there.
Eating and drinking in Eton
A great place to grab a sandwich, a homemade soup or a jacket potato is Zero 3, a cafÃ© that is as popular with Eton College boys as it is with residents of the town and visitors. For burgers made with locally sourced ingredients, Flaming Cow is an eat-in and take-away restaurant that breathes new life into the classic meal with a variety of tasty recipes. If you're feeling thirsty, they serve shakes, hot drinks, hand-picked wines and speciality beers too. At one time an old butcher's shop, Gilbey's serves lunch, dinner and afternoon tea but if you just fancy a drink in the bar then perhaps try a wine made with grapes from their own vineyard.
Shopping in and around Eton
The delightful little High Street that runs through the town is populated with stores selling antiques, gifts, ceramics and tableware, as well as a shop dedicated purely to fudge. Nearby Windsor and Maidenhead provide further opportunities for shopping.
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