Windsor is a must-see destination for a huge proportion of first-time visitors to the UK. As the seat of the Royal Residence and one of the country’s most beautiful market towns, Windsor attracts over 7.6 million tourists every year. It’s the perfect place to get a slice of traditional Britain – with some of the UK’s most famous institutions and a heritage that goes back thousands of years.
The city itself is less than an hour from London Waterloo and less than 40 minutes from London Paddington by train. If you have a week or so to explore London and the surrounding area, Windsor is the perfect day trip from the capital.
Once you’re there, though, you’ll want to spend your time wisely. There’s a whole lot to explore for such a small town, so you’ll want to use our top tips to make sure you get the most out of your visit. Take a look at our picks for the top 7 things to do in Windsor.
The Queen’s official residence is the reason that most people visit Windsor. This illustrious castle is one of the most beautiful in Europe, if not the world, and is the perfect showcase for all the regal trimmings of the Royal Family. It’s also the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, having been built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. You can visit the castle any time between 10:00 and 16:15 every day. You’ll also get entry along on a number of our fantastic Windsor tours.
The Great Park
Windsor’s beautiful green parks are my personal favourite. With over 5,000 acres of green space, the Great Park provides you with hours of uninterrupted exploration and fresh air. The view down the Long Walk to Windsor Castle is one of the most photo-worthy views in the UK, and you may even be able to catch a few snaps of the deer that roam the park. Don’t miss out on this beautiful attraction.
Eton is a short walk from Windsor town center and home to the world-famous Eton College – one of the UK’s most traditional schools. Founded by Henry VI in 1440, the College still holds to age-old customs and practices. Its students wear a school uniform of tailcoats and waistcoats every day and are looked after by their own housemaster. Tours of the college are available to the public – perfect if you want to see experience Britain’s traditional culture up close.
This one is perfect for kids of all sizes. Legoland is just a short bus journey from Windsor town center and provides hours of entertainment, including Lego-themed rides, games and exhibitions. Stimulate their creative side in the Imagination Center or make thrilling discoveries in Adventure Land.
Whether you’re feeling the need for some retail therapy or not, shopping is actually one of the best ways to explore Windsor’s town center. Sooner or later, you’ll stumble across the beautiful Windsor Royal shopping arcade, which features a beautiful cast iron ceiling as well as its own steam train. You’ll also find outlets from some of the UK’s best brand names for you to explore.
Windsor & Eton Brewery
If you’re looking to experience some of the UK’s best food and drink, you can’t miss the chance to explore the Windsor & Eton brewery. This (relatively) new addition to the town’s list of attractions has been making outstanding beers since 2010 and reflects the UK’s renewed interest in the art of craft brewing. Take a tour of the brewery and you will, of course, get to sample a few of their fantastic ales and bitters brewed the British way. Lovely!
To arrange your own trip to Windsor completely hassle-free, check out our small group tour of the town and nearby Blenheim Palace. It’s a great way to learn all about the history and heritage of this gorgeous town.