Windsor

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Windsor Castle showing heritage architecture and a castle

A theme park, theater and parkland make for an ideal family escapade amid some of Britain’s most historic and regal structures. If the flag is up, the queen is in.

With its 11th-century castle, glorious chapel and rolling countryside, Windsor is a perfect place for a member of the royal family to spend the weekend. Just across the Windsor Bridge on the River Thames from the renowned Eton College, this village has a quaint high street and extensive parkland. Climb up to the bucolic knolls above the castle for the best views of this medieval hamlet.

Gaze up at the central tower of Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle. When the queen is in residence the Royal Standard flag flies from the turret. Tours provide access to the opulent chambers of the State Apartments and the rest of the compound. Examine miniature models of the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and attend the Changing the Guard ceremony.

In the Lower Ward stands St. George’s Chapel, where royal weddings take place and former monarchs are buried. Marvel at the stone fan-vaulted ceiling and the stained-glass windows.

Bring the whole family to a pantomime or comedy act in the Theatre Royal. These shows are often attended by royalty.

An alternative day out for the kids is LEGOLAND®, where dragons, wizards and pirates are brought to life in Lego form beside thrilling rides.

Browse the stores in the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre and explore the woodland and rolling terrain of the 4,800-acre (1,900-hectare) Windsor Great Park.

Venture west into the green countryside and tour the Dorney Court manor house. Period décor and portraits of the affluent Palmer family adorn the estate, while manicured gardens and Dorney Lake enclose it.

The River Thames runs along the northern end of Windsor in the western outskirts of London. Fly to Heathrow Airport and drive west for 8 miles (13 kilometers) to get here in about 15 minutes. Explore the northern bank of the river for the high street and college of Eton.

Live like a king or queen for the day in Windsor.

Where to stay in Windsor

Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
4 out of 5
18 High Street, Windsor, England
The price is ¥15,708 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
Located in Windsor City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor and Windsor Racecourse are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (947 reviews)
"It's location was perfect for Windsor Castle to celebrate my Investiture. On the negative side our room was quite small and the bathroom very small, also whilst the fron of the hotel our room adjoined the property next door and we could clearly hear talking and snoring through the walls. Didn't make ..."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel.
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel.
4 out of 5
Thames Street, Windsor, England
The price is ¥20,832 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Located in Windsor City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Bridge and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor and Windsor Racecourse ...
4/5 Very Good! (842 reviews)
"Great location, attentive staff opening doors. Good table service taking orders in the bar. Very clean and lovely comfortable rooms"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel.
The Royal Adelaide Hotel
The Royal Adelaide Hotel
3.5 out of 5
46 Kings Road, Windsor, England
The price is ¥15,846 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Guildhall and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor and Windsor Racecourse are ...
4/5 Very Good! (288 reviews)
"Nice hotel well placed for exploring the long walk and Windsor."

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2021

The Royal Adelaide Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Willow Court Farm
Willow Court Farm
4 out of 5
Oakley Green Road, Berkshire, Windsor, England
The price is ¥22,736 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
This family-friendly Windsor apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bray Marina, Windsor Racecourse, and LEGOLAND® Windsor. King Edward Court Shopping and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"This property is outstanding, fresh eggs from the chickens to cook for breakfast, the rooms have everything you need, this is a place we will definitely return to."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

Willow Court Farm
King Edward Apartments
King Edward Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Flat 5, 114-116 St. Leonards Road, Windsor, England
The price is ¥32,106 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
Located in the heart of Windsor, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Windsor Royal Shopping Centre and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor ...
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Absolutely fantastic accommodation. Perfect facilities and location. Will definitely book again. Thank you."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

King Edward Apartments
Hampden Apartments - The Charles
Hampden Apartments - The Charles
4 out of 5
Flat 2 112, St Leonards Road, Windsor, England
The price is ¥23,425 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Windsor, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Windsor Royal Shopping Centre and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor and Windsor Racecourse ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Apartment was amazing , very big , very clean and great host"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Hampden Apartments - The Charles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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