Come May 2018, the charming English town of Windsor will be buzzing with excitement—plus plenty of royals, celebrities, and world leaders to boot. The occasion? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding!
Curious to learn more about the dreamy destination—only a half-hour by train from London—where the newly-engaged couple will say “I do?” We rounded up nine of the best places to dine, drink, explore, and unwind in Windsor, whether you’re heading over for the day, or planning a weekend jaunt.
Visit Windsor Castle
Hailed as the longest-occupied palace in the world, Windsor Castle has served as home to monarchs for nearly 1,000 years—and is rumoured to be the Queen’s favorite royal residence. While visiting the grounds, don’t miss the magnificent State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel (where Prince Harry and Meghan will hold their ceremony), The Drawings Gallery, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
Stroll through Windsor Great Park
Lace up a pair of comfortable shoes and take a leisurely walk around this 5,000-acre Royal Park, managed by The Crown Estate. Home to blooming gardens, open grassland, woodland, and more than 600 deer, there’s plenty to explore no matter the season. For the ultimate photo-op that will make your Instagram followers green with envy, set off on the Long Walk—a tree-lined avenue beginning at the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle and ending at the magnificent Copper Horse statue.
Place a bet at Royal Windsor Racecourse
Set in 165 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside, Royal Windsor Racecourse is the perfect place to test your luck while enjoying a pint and savory snacks. Offering 27 fixtures from April – October, including the famous Monday night Racing, Best of British Festival, and Ladies Day Royal, Windsor Racecourse is a great pick for a night out with your pals. Hats encouraged!
Sample sweets at Fudge Kitchen
For a Willy Wonka-esque experience with striking castle views, make your way to Fudge Kitchen on Thames Street. Choose from tried and true favorites like sea salted caramel, vintage vanilla, or Belgian Chocolate Swirl – or change it up and try one of the season’s limited edition offerings like Snowflake, Maple Walnut, or Mince Pie (it’s even vegan!) For a chance to see the fudge prepared right before your eyes, stop by everyday between 11-4.
Sip a pint at Windsor & Eton Brewery
See the inner workings of a microbrewery—and taste a few of area’s best brews—with a two-hour tour of Windsor & Eton Brewery. This fun and informative experience focuses on raw materials, the brewing process and, of course, the delicious samples. Traveling with a large group? The facility also offers private tours for parties of 10 or more, with an added food option.
Stock up on souvenirs at Windsor Royal Shopping
Whether you’re looking for local crafts or designer duds, you’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy at this quirky shopping arcade located opposite Windsor castle. Housed in a fromer Victorian Railway Station, architecture lovers will get a kick out of spotting the building’s original remaining features including Jubilee arch, the cobbled stones, and Queen Victoria's Royal Waiting Room.
See a play at Theatre Royal Windsor
For year-round entertainment, ranging from musicals to comedy, snag tickets to a show at this stunning historic theatre, located near Windsor Castle. Looking for a performance the whole family will enjoy? Windsor’s famous traditional pantomime of Sleeping Beauty includes dancing, singing, plus a full live band.
Feel like a kid again at LEGOLAND Windsor
Featuring more than 55 thrilling rides, shows, and attractions, LEGOLAND Windsor is sure to be a smash for kids of all ages. Join the Viking fleet and take a thrilling tube ride down the surging rapids, or steer electric cars and boats (crafted from LEGOs!) around LEGO City. Feeling famished? Take a break and tuck into some good 'ole fish and chips at the new onsite Harbourside Fish & Chips restaurant.
Take a tour of Eton College
Visit one of the oldest (and most famous) schools in the world, which boasts several noteworthy alums including Princes William and Harry, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. For an extra-special treat, swing by the campus’ National History Museum (open on Sundays), which serves as home to more 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards.