Home to royalty and sparkling with centuries of time-honoured British history, Windsor makes an ideal location for a staycation at any time of year. From top tourist attractions to unique hidden gems, here are our recommendations for a fun-packed stay in the area.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Windsor without a visit to this world-famous castle. Dating back to the 11th century, Windsor Castle has been home to the reigning monarch since the time of Henry I, making it the longest occupied palace in Europe. Explore the State Apartments, the Semi-State Rooms and St George’s Chapel, which has hosted the nuptials of many royals. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and check opening times ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.
WINDSOR GREAT PARK
Encompassing Virginia Water Lake, the Long Walk and the Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park offers over 5,000 acres of verdant countryside for families, couples and solo travellers to explore. Horticulturalists will adore the Savill Garden, with its unique floral displays and impeccably designed gardens, and Virginia Water Lake is a tranquil place to walk (or run) around, while taking in the 100ft Totem Pole and stunning waterfall. The Long Walk is one of Windsor’s most photographed sites – and home to over 500 deer! Be sure to enjoy the great outdoors at Windsor Great Park.
Brickheads of all ages will love this magical theme park, complete with roller coasters, themed shows, children’s play areas and Miniland – a world of international monuments made entirely from Lego! Little adventurers can go underwater in a submarine, get their driving license and even visit the Haunted House Monster Party! Be sure to book your tickets online in advance and arrive early to make the most of your visit. And don’t forget to visit the amazing Lego gift shop to invest in souvenirs for all your friends and family.
Best For A Day out
From the world-famous Royal Ascot horse race in June, to events including seasonal race days, food festivals and an open air cinema throughout the year, there is certainly a special atmosphere at Ascot Racecourse.
Best for local history
Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
This small but mighty museum located inside the Guildhall is perfectly placed directly opposite the Castle Hotel Windsor! Did you know that Prince Charles married Camilla here?
Best for a souvenir
Windsor & Eton Brewery
Once famous for its beer as well as its royal history, Windsor & Eton Brewery has put the area back on the craft beer map since 2010! Visit the on-site shop for a local tipple or two to take home.