What To Do In Windsor
Windsor, with its world-famous royal castle and charming historic centre, is a beautiful place to visit. The distance from Taplow to Windsor is just over six miles, making it an excellent day out for our guests. Here are our recommendations for the best things to do in Windsor.
Visit Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is where the Queen spends most of her weekend, and this awe-inspiring medieval castle is also open to visitors. It’s the largest and oldest continually occupied castle in the world, dating back to the 11th century.
Visitors can admire the ceremonial rooms and state apartments, as well as St George’s Chapel, famous for recent royal weddings and christenings. We recommend buying your tickets in advance to make sure you can get into this must-see attraction. It’s also worth checking their programme of evening tours – followed, of course, by a night at Taplow...
Treat The Kids
And now for Windsor’s other most famous attraction: the bright and brilliant Legoland Windsor Resort. It’s less than twenty minutes from Taplow, just outside Windsor, and according to our guests, is simply the best family day out, ever.
There are Lego-themed rides, adventure worlds and of course, the most incredible Lego constructions you can imagine. There’s also a fabulous programme of events and activities – and the Legoland Christmas Kingdom is simply magical. Parents be warned – the shops are, in Lego speak, awesome…
Explore Windsor Great Park
If you’re after something more tranquil, Windsor Great Park stretches for 4,800 acres. It’s a beautifully diverse landscape of woodland, formal gardens and a lake, as well as that famous Long Walk and Deer Park that feature in so many royal events.
Areas such as Virginia Water, Swinley Forest and the Valley Gardens are free to enter (although you’ll need to pay for parking). There’s a charge to visit The Savill Garden – but if you’re a horticulturalist, this is definitely worth it.
Go To The Races
On an island in the Thames, Royal Windsor Racecourse is in a stunning setting, and has a thrilling programme of meetings. The season runs from April until New Year, and includes fun family days and their legendary Monday Night Races.
Relax On The River Thames
If you’re not attending a fixture at the racecourse, you can still admire it from the river. Take a Thames tour on a French Brothers boat, which gives you glorious views across the course, castle and countryside. Their 40-minute tours run regularly from January until November, then on weekends until Christmas.
Hit The Shops…
Windsor is fantastic for shopping, with a nice mix of High Street favourites and appealing independents. The main shopping area is pedestrianised, with lots of enticing coffee shops and bars for mid-shopping breaks. Try Windsor Royal Station for an upmarket mall experience, or Thames Street for more specialist shops.
What’s On In Windsor
Windsor is a lively town all year, with plenty going on. To find out more about what’s on in Windsor, have a look at our guide to annual events in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
Windsor: Good To Know
It’s just over six miles to Windsor from Taplow if you nip onto the M4, or eight miles along the A308.
When you arrive, there are four long-stay car parks (Romney Lock, King Edward VII, Alma Road and Alexandra Gardens) which are all ten minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle. There’s also a park and ride scheme.
Or, you could catch a train from Taplow railway station. The typical train journey from Taplow to Windsor takes around half an hour, including a change at Slough. The service is roughly half-hourly.
We love this historic town, which always seems to have a buzz about it. If you’d like to know more about Windsor or the best things to do in Windsor, please drop us a line.