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Windsor and Eton overview

Twin towns Windsor and Eton are two of England's most visited destinations. Boasting romantic architecture, an ancient castle and one of the world's most famous schools, the towns are a draw for tourists wanting to discover upper-class rural England.

Eton is located over the water from Windsor and is, of course, home to Eton College, where many famous Britons, including David Cameron and George Orwell, have been educated. Aside from the school, Eton is a modest town, with a handful of antique shops and coffee houses.

Windsor and Eton location

Windsor is located in the south-east of England, just north of London. Visitors arriving by car should take the M4, as Windsor is one mile from junction 6. Furthermore, those arriving from London should note the town is five miles from junction 13 of the M25 London circular motorway. Other nearby roads include the A308 from Staines or Maidenhead, the A332 from Ascot and the A404 from Heanley.

Windsor is served by two train stations, Windsor and Eton Central and Windsor and Eton Riverside. There are First Great Western services from London Paddington to Windsor and Eton Central, with a change at Slough from where a shuttle service operates. A frequent shuttle service runs between Slough and Windsor. Nearby Maidenhead also has a direct service to Reading and London, while South West Trains operates a service from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside station, which takes around 55 minutes.

Why Visit Windsor and Eton?

These historic towns give visitors a rare insight into England's past. Furthermore, after being popular with tourists for so many years, the pair cater exceptionally well for visitors.

One of the main tourist attractions has to be Windsor Castle. Built after the Norman Conquest, this castle was home to monarchs from Henry II to our current queen and is steeped in history. Furthermore, between October and March the semi-state rooms used by the Queen for official entertainment are open to the public.

Eton College is another must-see. Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, the college has produced some of Britain's brightest talents. Today visitors can pay to explore its cloisters, chapel and the oldest classroom in existence.

Other things visitors may want to do during their time in Windsor and Eton include taking a boat trip down the Thames, enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride in Windsor Park and exploring Windsor Guildhall, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married.


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