There are only a few places in England that offer a collection of top tourist attractions, and Windsor tops them all! If you want to experience everything British without the hustle and bustle of London, we recommend heading to Royal Windsor. The historic, beautiful town is located just west of London and on the banks of the River Thames. With so much to see and do, Windsor is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. If you’re considering a Royal day out in Windsor, and want to know the ins and outs of its top attractions, keep reading as we’ve planned a day to remember.
If you’re travelling into Windsor, the easiest way is through rail. Although if you’re bringing a car, see our top tips for parking here. Windsor lies just over 20 miles from central London. When you step out of Windsor & Eton Central railway station, which has trains travelling from Paddington, you can see the stunning Windsor castle in front of you.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and if you’re in Windsor, it really is a must-see. The impressive castle is the Queen’s official residence and her favourite weekend home, and she spends most of her weekends when she isn’t conducting Royal duties there. The castle opens to the public at 10am and tickets are £22.50 per adult and £13 for children under 17.
At Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, we are offering A Royal Windsor Experience, including entry to Windsor Castle and delicious Afternoon Tea at The Brasserie for only £45 per person! Click here for more details.
While you’re visit the Castle, you may catch a glimpse of The Changing the Guard ceremony. The ceremony is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor and the days on which they march are scheduled by the British Army and change every month. In good weather, a band normally accompanies the guards as they march from Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street, up the High Street and into Windsor Castle. If you want to see the actual ‘changing’ ceremony you need to buy a Windsor Castle ticket and allow plenty of time to get into the Castle.
After visiting the castle, a brisk stroll down The Long Walk is a great way to see Windsor during autumn. The impressive three mile long tree-lined avenue begins at the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle and ends at the magnificent Copper Horse statue. It’s also great to get a stunning shot of Windsor Castle down a runway of trees and lampposts.
If walking isn’t your thing, why not take a carriage ride. Enjoy a spectacular approach to Windsor Castle on The Long Walk, while taking in the knowledge and stories from your driver. The carriages are all classic models and have been maintained, restored and recreated to be the same as those used centuries ago. Find all the information about the different carriages here. You can book your carriage online here. They have different packages ranging from, family tours, drive for two with complimentary prosecco and much more.
Spot of Lunch
Windsor is such a picturesque town to visit all year round. Taking some time of your day to watch the boats and swans glide down the River Thames and soak up everything that makes Windsor a beautiful town. The Brasserie at Sir Christopher Wren has glorious riverside views with it’s stunning bar and terrace. You can select a range of dishes from their all day menu, offering everything from grills and fresh pasta, to chef’s specials including crepinette of pheasant or pancetta wrapped monkfish. Or if you are looking for something different, why not try an Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea at The Brasserie is an ideal pick-me-up after visiting Windsor attractions. They range from Champagne Afternoon Tea, Pimm’s or a Royal Windsor Afternoon Tea.
Make a Weekend of it
Spending just a day in Windsor might not allow you to see everything it has to offer, so why not make it a whole weekend experience. Sir Christopher Wren Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Windsor Castle, making it the perfect base to experience one of Great Britain’s most famous landmarks. Windsor Castle Package includes, overnight accommodation in one of the hotel’s romantic bedrooms, tickets for entry to Windsor Castle for two adults, full English breakfast to prepare you for the day and £50 food credit to spend at The Brasserie per room per night. To book or for more information, click here.
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