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.
Windsor Great Park
Take a stroll on the Long Walk, or go deer-spotting in the meadows and woodlands – all with great views of Windsor Castle. The British royal family adore their horses, so why not join a riding tour, or explore in a horse-drawn carriage? There are some great local pubs, too.
Ascot famously hosts some of Britain’s top horse races, but look out for live music, festivals and Christmas parties too. Every summer, the five-day Royal Ascot involves lashings of champagne, fine dining and eye-catching outfits – plus spectacular horse racing, of course.
A royal pint at Windsor’s own brewery
The brewery now sells to 20 pubs – delivering its beer by shire house and cart around the town. Take a tour and enjoy a pint of Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot. You’ll also find street food, comedy and music nights.
Things to do in Windsor
Featured things to do
The Royal Windsor Steam Express
Indulge in a champagne brunch on this historic steam train as you watch views from London to Windsor unfurl. Take a seat in a 1950s carriage, complete with wood-panelled walls.Learn more about the Royal Windsor Steam Express
Set sail on a scenic cruise
Check out scenic Runnymede, just a short trip from Windsor and the site of the sealing of Magna Carta. Check Learn wood carving to archery, or hire a motor-powered boat complete with Bluetooth speakers and a picnic.Learn more about Runnymede
Living advent calendar
At 6.15pm every night up to Christmas Eve, Windsor and Eton become a living advent calendar. Serving a small 15-minute surprise performance at various locations, followed by festive nibbles.Learn more about Christmas in Windsor
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.
Check out the Monkey Island Estate on a private island in Bray for a luxurious hotel experience.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.