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Eton is a independent boarding school for roughly 1,300 boys between the ages of 13-18, it is called a "public" school but it is what Americans would call a private school, fees are paid by the family and in 2007 it cost a whoppping £26,490 per year. It is what Americans would call a prep(atory) school as most of the boys go on to college. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. There is a historical link with Cambridge University but they aren ot affiliated.
Eton is a short walk from Windsor Castle, if you'd like to visit Eton, click on the Eton College website and it is listed under "Visits to Eton". Currently it appears to only be open to visitors from March-early October, there are guided tours that you can take (currently £5.50) or casual admission (currently £4.20) that allows access to the School Yard, College Chapel, The Cloisters, and the Museum of Eton Life. Even if you don't opt to pay the admission fee, it's a nice walk from Windsor and you can see the young men scurrying around in their tails and top hats, the uniform of a young lad at Eton.
In August 2004, I did visit Eton as it was included on the London Pass. Unfortunately it was lunch time and the chapel was closed between 1 and 2 pm so all I got to see was the cloisters, the museum and the courtyard. Since it was "free" it was an OK visit but I think I would have been disappointed had I paid admission.
Address: 10 minute walk from Windsor
Directions: Follow the directional signs on the street
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