30 January 2019
Crowned by Windsor Castle and linked by the River Thames the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is also home to not one but two famous racecourses – Ascot and Royal Windsor – putting racing very much at its heart and soul.
The Queen has a lifelong passion for horses and so it follows that racing and other equestrian events are hugely popular in the Windsor area!
Each racecourse offers more than 26 thrilling race days a year and, of course, Ascot is home to the world-famous, five-day Royal Ascot meeting in June, attended daily by HM The Queen and members of her family. It’s Britain’s most popular race meeting.
The odds are that when you discover racing in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead you’ll want to stay a while. Why not be first out of the starting stalls and book some wonderful, relaxing accommodation and combine your race-day experience with some excellent things to do and great places to eat and drink. We have a dazzling selection of places to stay including countryside retreats and luxurious spa hotels.
We like to think of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as ‘London’s Country Estate’ – a relaxing haven, close to London Heathrow and near enough to enjoy the hustle, bustle, sights and sounds of the capital if you wish.
Windsor Castle dominates our skyline and a visit to The Queen’s favourite weekend home, and the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, should be top of your list. It’s a breath-taking place to explore – no wonder it was the recent setting for two royal weddings!
The most beautiful and historical stretch of the River Thames meanders through the Royal Borough and a boat trip is far and away the most relaxing option to enjoy the area. Join a passenger cruise and see the sights; get close to nature on an escorted kayak tour; explore road and river on an amphibious duck; or hire a private boat with your own skipper and picnic for some added luxury! With some beautiful riverside hotels and waterside dining options the world is your oyster.
Talking of dining, the Royal Borough is a truly tasty destination with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The village of Bray may be small but it packs a culinary punch as it is home to a selection of restaurants and pubs boasting seven Michelin stars between them! Think of the Roux family and Heston Blumenthal and you’ll find them both here in the Waterside Inn and the Fat Duck respectively.
If you love countryside then you will love Windsor Great Park with its thousands of acres of open space. Why not explore parts of the Great Park from the comfort of a private horse-drawn carriage?
Garden enthusiasts will love The Savill Garden, created for The Queen Mother in the 1930s and nestled in a corner of Windsor Great Park. Another jewel in the crown is the famous Cliveden estate – the stunning National Trust gardens here are set high above the River Thames and the historic home of the Astor family is now a five-star hotel.
You’ll find inspiration for all sorts of short breaks from your Travel Counsellor. We look forward to offering you the Windsor Welcome!