Day Trip: Windsor and Eton
One of the day trips that we love to do for our students is to visit Windsor Castle and Eton College. This trip takes us to the heart of the establishment here in the UK.
Windsor Castle is an official Royal residence, and is still regularly used by Her Majesty. While there last summer we had the privilege of a private talk on the works of art created by members of the Royal Family going back hundreds of years, a talk given by no less than the curator of the royal collection. Followed by the chance to view an exhibition of them, before we proceeded to see the rest of the castle. One of the most marvellous features is St George’s Hall and St George’s Chapel. The Hall was restored after the disastrous 1992 fire and is decorated with the coats of arms of the members of the Order of the Garter. The Chapel is the Chapel of the Order, and includes the stalls reserved for members of the Order on those special occasions on which they gather. The Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry and the most prestigious honour in the United Kingdom.
Close to Windsor, across the river, lies Eton, home to Eton College. Eton College is England’s most prestigious Public Schools, and the best known of them all. It boasts more prestigious Alumni than we could name here, including the current British Prime Minister and current Mayor of London, not to mention Princes William and Harry.
After leaving Windsor we have the opportunity to visit Eton, where we are treated to a private tour of the historic school and its famous chapel. This visit allows you to see the classrooms used for teaching at Eton in its earliest days, and the famous Chapel and Hall, giving you a glimpse into life both now and historically at the world’s most famous school. With plenty of opportunities to ask questions, it is an eye-opening experience.
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When students join us for a summer course, they'll enjoy an exciting socio-cultural timetable of activities and day trips, just like this one to Windsor and Eton!