First of all I need to declare an interest. My student son has spent his last two summers as a part time tour guide at Eton . That said, I have done the tour as a paying customer and I would like visitors to my town to get the most out of their stay, so I can thoroughly reccomend it. It is a very interesting way to spend an hour. Combined with a nice stroll over the bridge from Windsor and along the charming and idiosyncratic Eton high street, it makes for a very pleasant afternoon. Tours are at 2.15 and 3.15 with an extra one at 4.15 on Saturdays. Only July and August though when the boys are on holiday! There are also some tours at Easter and on some Wednesdays at other times of the year. You can combine it with a longer look around the small museum of Eton Life. The tour takes you to some of the most interesting parts of the school. Of course you can wander around the ancient exterior of the school and that is well worth doing, but the tour adds an extra dimension. Walking to the college from Windsor is a far better way to see Eton than the tour bus.
Best 'tourist' day in Windsor and Eton? Start early with with a bracing walk up and down the 'long walk' in the Great Park. Make sure you are back in the centre of the town by the entrance to the castle by 10.45 though, to watch the daily changing of the guard as the soldiers march up from the nearby barracks. Then a couple of hours visiting Windsor Castle. Then lunch - perhaps a picnic on the Brocas Meadow which you gain access to by crossing the bridge to Eton and turning left - walk a litlle way along the river bank and see wonderful views back to the castle. Then Eton town and the college tour. Call in for tea at the Chcolate Theatre Cafe just by the bridge on your way back to Windsor late afternoon. Then an hour round the nice shops in the old railway station arcade or perhaps a visit to the historic Guilldhall and town museum before attending wonderful sung Evensong service at 6.00 in the Windsor Castle chapel - free of charge and all are welcome.. Then a drink in one of the nice pubs around the back of the guildhall, before Dinner - try Latinos in the same area, where you can sit outside if the weather is nice. Enjoy your stay.
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