In 1440, Henry VI chose the town to set up Eton College, which has since seen generations of Royals and famous celebrities study here. The college is one of only four remaining single sex public schools and has proudly educated 19 British Prime Ministers with David Cameron being the latest in the line at 10 Downing Street.
It also boasts an Antony Gormley statue (you’ll need to look upwards to spot this) and the amazing Eton Natural History Museum which is free to enter on Sunday afternoons.
The area in and around Eton is very desirable and sought after with a selection of ‘dezrez’ properties along the riverside. Smaller properties and period houses can also be found, with further regeneration and development in the area expected.
The town is connected to Windsor via a pedestrian bridge with vehicular access possible via Maidenhead through Dorney and Eton Wick, or from Slough or Datchet. The M4 and M25 are easily accessible via Datchet too. The village is very close to the mainline railway station Windsor & Eton Riverside which runs to London Waterloo twice an hour. It is also close to Windsor Central railway station which links to London Paddington along with routes to many other locations via its connection to Slough station. Two bus routes serve the area.
Eton has two schools, the first being Eton Porney C of E first school which takes just 30 children a year. The second is Eton End, an Independent Preparatory Day School on the outskirts of Datchet Village which takes boys and girls from three to seven years old, and girls up to the age of eleven.
Life in Eton
The town has a thriving business and residents community and boasts many fine restaurants and pubs, a small library, Post Office, a bank, a supermarket and a variety of independent shops and businesses. Eton has its own Christmas lights switch-on ceremony, fairs and events on the Brocas field and village fetes so there is lots going on.