30 January 2019
You can’t say the word Windsor without conjuring up images of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, royalty, horse racing, the changing of the guard, the River Thames and Eton College. Windsor thrives on its royal patronage, rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Add to this an abundance of quaint one-of-a-kind shops and culinary scene headed by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and you’ll have a reasonable idea of the treats in store for you in Windsor.
Getting to Windsor by car
Windsor is just 30 miles west of London and is easily accessible via the major motorway networks. From M3 exit at junction 3 (bagshot); from M4 exit at junction 6 for Windsor; from M25 exit at junction 13 (Egham) and from M40 exit at junction 4 (Marlow) or junction 2 (Beaconsfield). Long stay car parks are located at Romney Lock, King Edward VII Avenue and Alexandra Gardens. All are cheaper than the more central (shopper) car parks and are less than a 10-minute walk to Windsor Castle.
Getting to Windsor by Train
Windsor is served by two train stations, Central and Riverside. Both are situated within a few minute’s walk of Windsor Castle. First Great Western operates services from London Paddington. Change at Slough on to the branch line that links with Windsor & Eton Central Station. South West Trains operates direct services from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Journey time is approximately 55 minutes.
Must see places
The oldest & largest castle in the world. Today HM The Queen spends most of her private weekends here as well as using it ceremonial and state occasions. The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection and St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs).
River Thames Boat Trips
Enjoy the history, stunning scenery and wildlife of this famous river. French Brothers Boats operate cruises year round.
One of the oldest and most famous schools in England offers guided tours from April to September.
The best way to explore this charming town and the beautiful surrounding countryside is with a local expert and in Windsor you can chose a walking tour with professional blue badge guide, an open top bus tour or horse-drawn carriage ride.
Be the hero of your very own adventure! Fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, or join the Viking fleet and ride the churning rapids. Steer your own course on the Driving School and use laser guns to battle your way through an ancient tomb. Sign the whole family up for some high energy fun at the Fire Academy and enjoy the acrobatic entertainers at the pirate themed Stunt Show.
Everyone will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO® models throughout the park. From comical camels to world land marks and a yellow submarine, it’s amazing what can be built with millions of LEGO bricks!
With over 55 interactive rides and attractions, there’s just too much to experience in one day!
Shopping & Dining
Variety, choice and quality with independent and specialist retailers and Michlen starred chefs at every turn.
Built by William the Conqueror within what was the royal hunting forest (now Windsor Great Park), Windsor Castle has been successfully enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Their legacy can be seen throughout the Castle which is also home to some of the greatest paintings and works of arts in the world.
Time your visit so that you can catch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony that takes place in Lower Ward. This is the only place outside of London where you can see this colourful display whilst listening to the military band.
Relax after lunch on a gentle 40-minute cruise along the River Thames as it meanders past famous sites such as the Eton College Chapel and Royal Windsor Racecourse.
An afternoon tour of Eton College gives a fascinating insight into one of England’s oldest institutions. Founded by Henry VI in 1440 to provide 70 "worthy boys" with a free education. Today the school is a very modern institution whilst retaining its distinctive "school dress", age-old traditions, language and sports.
Round your day off with a visit to Windsor’s Theatre Royal which hosts the greatest names in theatre and many a pre West End show.
To learn more about this charming town and its history it’s worth taking a guided tour with a local expert. Nobody knows Windsor quite like they do.
The Original Tour open top bus is a fun and interesting way to further explore Windsor and Eton. The ticket is valid for 24-hours and there are 11 hop on and off stops along the way giving you the perfect opportunity to spend more time at places that interest you.
The Savill Garden provides a wealth of beauty and interest in all seasons and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the natural environment. The world-renowned 35 acres offers ornamental gardens and woodland including national collections and rare international species. The award winning Savill Building is the gateway to the Royal Landscape.
Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to make sure you don’t miss this amazing visit to Windsor.