Eton College

Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and is one of the oldest schools in the country. The College originally had 70 King’s Scholars or ‘Collegers’ who lived in the College and were educated free, and a small number of ‘Oppidans’ who lived in the town of Eton and paid for their education.

Today it is a secondary school for approximately 1,280 boys between the ages of 13 and 18, all of whom are boarders. The School Dress still consists of a black tailcoat and waistcoat, and pin-striped trousers which dates from the 1850s.

The historic buildings of this foundation are an integral part of the national heritage and many famous people, including prime ministers and royal princes, have been educated here.

A 'Museum of Eton Life' is situated in the vaulted undercroft of College Hall and contains over 400 exhibits illustrating the life and history of Eton since its foundation. The Brewhouse Gallery also contains a permanent display of items from the remarkable collection of Egyptian objects assembled by Major William Myers which were bequeathed to Eton in 1899.

Opening Hours

Thursday 27 March to Tuesday 22 April
Open daily from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Wednesday 23 April to Friday 27 June
Open daily from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Saturday 28 June to Tuesday 2 September
Open daily from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Wednesday 3 September to Sunday 5 October
Open daily from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Guided tours take place daily at 2.15pm and 3.15pm.

Eton College
Eton High Street

Location Map

+44 (0)1753 671177

Getting There
Both Windsor & Eton Riverside and Windsor & Eton Central stations are on the Windsor (south) side of the Thames, and it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to walk from them to Eton (across the bridge and up the High Street).

The Windsor & Eton Riverside station is served by South West Trains. Trains run between London Waterloo and Windsor every 20 to 30 minutes during the week and every hour on Sundays, calling at all stations on the way (travel time approximately 50 minutes).

Nearest Tube / Rail Station
The two nearest mainline railway stations are Windsor & Eton Riverside and Windsor & Eton Central