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    Why we love Windsor

    Lovers of The Crown can wrap themselves in royalty as this town is about as regal as it gets. Windsor Castle, an official residence for 40 monarchs, pulls out all the royal stops - but there’s plenty more to discover. Take a tour of perhaps the most famous public school in Britain - Eton. Discover its racecourse and buy a hat for Royal Ascot. Explore England’s shortest street and sample numerous restaurants and atmospheric pubs. Tour its royal-themed brewery or take in the nearby River Thames by paddleboard and see Britain’s only swans to get their own census. And for those who dare, Bray Lake is home to a bungee jumper’s paradise. Windsor is an easy day out from London, or an idyllic base for explore the surrounding Berkshire countryside.

    Things to do in Windsor

    Walk through 1,000 years of history at Windsor Castle, exploring its opulent state rooms and superb royal artefacts.

    Book tickets to Windsor Castle
    Visitors with ice cream, Windsor Castle
    Windsor Castle

    From rollercoasters and rides for all ages, to world icons made entirely from LEGO, this action-packed theme park has it all.

    Get your LEGOLAND Windsor Resort tickets
    Mother, father and son laughing whilst playing with Lego
    LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

    Take a stroll on the famous Long Walk, or go deer-spotting in the meadows and woodlands – all with great views of Windsor Castle.

    Discover Windsor Great Park
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    Windsor Great Park

    A true work of art, this estate features 35 acres of individual gardens – all planted and preened to perfection.

    Step into The Savill Garden
    A woman holding a dog in front of a lake in Savill Garden, Windsor
    The Savill Garden

    Ascot famously hosts some of Britain’s top horse races, but look out for live music, festivals and Christmas parties too.

    Live the high life at Ascot Racecourse
    Big group of spectators watching race. Racehorses galloping
    Ascot Racecourse

    Walk through 1,000 years of history at Windsor Castle, exploring its opulent state rooms and superb royal artefacts.

    Book tickets to Windsor Castle
    Visitors with ice cream, Windsor Castle
    Windsor Castle

    From rollercoasters and rides for all ages, to world icons made entirely from LEGO, this action-packed theme park has it all.

    Get your LEGOLAND Windsor Resort tickets
    Mother, father and son laughing whilst playing with Lego
    LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

    Take a stroll on the famous Long Walk, or go deer-spotting in the meadows and woodlands – all with great views of Windsor Castle.

    Discover Windsor Great Park
    img_1077
    Windsor Great Park

    A true work of art, this estate features 35 acres of individual gardens – all planted and preened to perfection.

    Step into The Savill Garden
    A woman holding a dog in front of a lake in Savill Garden, Windsor
    The Savill Garden

    Ascot famously hosts some of Britain’s top horse races, but look out for live music, festivals and Christmas parties too.

    Live the high life at Ascot Racecourse
    Big group of spectators watching race. Racehorses galloping
    Ascot Racecourse

    Places to stay in Windsor

    The town centre

    You’ll find a range of hotels in the centre of Windsor, including several offering views of Windsor Castle and the River Thames.

    Monkey Island

    Check out the Monkey Island Estate on a private island in Bray for a luxurious hotel experience.

    Riverside towns

    For beautiful riverside towns there’s Marlow, Cliveden (for 17th century Cliveden House) or Henley all within half an hour of Windsor. The Runnymede on Thames hotel is on the bank of the River Thames and is just ten minutes from Windsor.

    Explore nearby

    An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

    Picadilly Circus underground station

    Just an hour by train from London and you’re in the city of dreaming spires.

    Two boys playing on a path in front of a palace

    Getting to Windsor

    Windsor is under 10 miles from London Heathrow Airport. It’s a 15-minute taxi journey. Direct trains from London Paddington and Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Central Station take about 40 minutes. Trains to Windsor & Eton Riverside take an extra 10 minutes but both stations are a short walk to Windsor Castle. A coach also travels from London Victoria and take just over an hour.

    Getting around Windsor

    By foot

    Windsor is best explored on foot to take in the shopping, the historic sites and architecture and the college. The shopping areas are pedestrianised.

    The Royal Windsor Information Centre has a range of brochures and guides to help you plan your trip.

    By water

    Windsor Duck Tours run a road and river sightseeing tour, providing a unique way to see the main Windsor attractions.

    By bus

    First Bus and Courtney Buses provide regular services in Windsor to surrounding towns including Slough, Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport. Both companies accept contactless and cash payments.

    By taxi

    You’ll find a taxi rank on Thames Street in front of Windsor Castle.

    Want to know more?

    Check out the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for top insider tips and inspiration.