Splendid luscious countryside, magnificent historic buildings and leisure attractions await you when you visit the town of Windsor, England. Less than 30 miles from the capital city of London, Windsor is widely known as the relaxation spot for the royal family.
Situated in the Berkshire area, Windsor makes a lovely day trip destination, and boasts a number of accommodation offerings that will make your overnight stay in the city worthwhile. Surrounded by the countryside of Royal Berkshire, Windsor also offers excellent shopping and dining opportunities.
Despite a large number of attractions, the city’s most iconic building remains the renowned Windsor Castle. This exquisite structure is said to be Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite official residence. It is also considered the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle, covering an area of around 5 hectares (13 acres). Built by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle’s history dates back to more than 900 years.
The good news is it is possible to tour some sections of the castle. Some of the interesting parts you can visit include St. George Chapel, the State Apartments, the Drawings Gallery and Queen Mary’s Doll House. St. George Chapel is known as the resting place of 10 royals, while the Drawings Gallery features regular exhibits. After touring the Windsor Castle, don’t miss the crowd favorite “Changing of the Guard” ceremony.
Other than the fascinating castle, there is so much more to see in Windsor. After all, it is a town full of history and royal heritage. Eton College is the most interesting educational institution in town. In fact, this is the former school of Prince William and Prince Harry. Another royal building worth exploring is the elegant Frogmore House, which is the final resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
For something more serene and naturally beautiful, Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park is the perfect spot to be. It is one of best ornamental gardens in all of Britain, and has gorgeous woodland landscape and gardens with contemporary and classical design. The town also boasts a magnificent racing heritage, and this can be appreciated at the Ascot Racecourse and the Royal Windsor Racecourse.
If you are looking for something more modern, fun, and family-friendly, you will be surprised that Windsor offers this too. Make your way to Legoland® Windsor, a fantastic theme park adorned by LEGO structures and populated by more than 50 rides. And just when you think that Windsor is all about historic and natural attractions, the town’s nightlife scene will amaze you. Windsor has its own fair share of bars, clubs and pubs. The coolest ones, which display strong character, can be found in the old Victorian railway arches.
Your stay in Windsor will never be boring. With so many different tours being offered, you can surely find one that will tickle your fancy. Explore Windsor, the neighboring town of Eton and the Royal Borough area by going on a sightseeing tour bus or a boat excursion. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the Windsor Great Park. If you are an independent soul, there is a self-guided heritage trail that you can easily follow. Want to burn some calories while discovering Windsor? The Mind the Gap Cycle Tours offers guided cycle trips that let you go across the picturesque Thames Valley.