Less than an hour from London, Windsor is one of the ‘must-see’ places for any visitor to the UK, offering lots to do for all the family.
For kids, a visit to Legoland is guaranteed to please. This is a theme park where Lego comes alive. You can book a stay at one of the comfortable hotels in North London and explore buildings made out of Lego, go on fantasy rides to Atlantis or out into the desert as well as playing with water or finding solutions to mysteries in the Discovery Zone. It can be hard to leave this fascinating attraction, but there is much more to Windsor than this.
Looming over the town are the great ramparts of Windsor Castle – the oldest, continuously inhabited castle in the world. This is the home of H.M the Queen and if you see her standard flying above the Round Tower, it means she is in residence. Visitors probably staying in one of the fantastic hotels in Cricklewood London can explore the State Apartments and see the exquisite Queen Mary’s Dolls House with its tiny hand made furnishings. Don’t miss St George’s Chapel containing the multi-coloured banners of the Knights of the Garter as well as the tomb of one of the UK’s most notorious kings – Henry VIII. Watch the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony within the castle courtyard.
Head out of your hotel room at the Best western palm hotel London to Windsor Great Park, and stroll down the Long Walk for a really stunning view of the Castle. If you are feeling energetic and in the mood for a country walk then there are over 4,000 acres of parkland to explore, as well as a lake and waterfall! Leisurely horse and carriage rides can be booked to take you through the park and the various sights. Some of the scenes may be just a little familiar – Windsor Great Park and the adjacent Virginia Water are often used by film makers. Among the many films that have been filmed here include scenes from the Harry Potter movies.
Alternatively, turn your steps southwards and follow the road over the Thames down to Eton. Slightly quieter than Windsor but with plenty of shops and pubs, Eton’s main claim to fame is its famous boys school – Eton College which was attended by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry. This is one of the oldest schools in the country and short guided tours can sometimes be booked in advance.
Boat trips along the river offer great opportunities for photography while listening to the entertaining anecdotes about Windsor from your guide. If you enjoy horse racing – then Windsor Racecourse hosts numerous race events throughout the year.