Crossing the river


From the centre of town it is not more than a few minutes walk, down the hill and over the bridge, before you are in the village of Eton.

Eton is famous for giving its name to a desert of meringue, cream, and strawberries. Oh and there is the little matter of the school. My Windsor tours rarely reach as far as the college but there are some beautiful buildings in Eton, and it is a great place to wander.

The shops at the college end of town are fascinating. They have been supplying schoolboys with uniforms and tuck for centuries and many seem to be museum pieces in their own right. If you want a made to measure suit and cant be bothered to go to Saville Row, a trip to Eton will suffice.

If you want a real museum, Eton has that too. On Sunday afternoons between 2.30 and 5pm the College’s own museums are open to the public. I had lived in Windsor for more than a decade before I learned that fact and my first visit was a revelation. The Natural History collection is world class and beautifully curated. Visiting is an activity that all ages will definitely enjoy and there is no entrance fee.

A really quirky sight is a figure by sculptor Anthony Gormley of a human figure on a wall. Appearing to defy gravity the statue at Common Lane House is standing horizontally above the street.


About Chris Brown

Chris' first Saturday job was as a Tour Guide at the old Wembley Stadium. His fascination with Windsor grew from his love of history and archaeology. Starting out as a volunteer on local digs and in the Windsor Museum, he then brushed up on his old tour guiding skills to share his knowledge and passion for the town during walking tours of Windsor. More recently he's added another feather to his cap as takes to the streets to proclaim Windsor news in his role as official Town Crier for the Borough.