WindsorUnited Kingdom

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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

Windsor Castle showing heritage architecture and a castle

Windsor City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(71 area reviews)

The lively bars and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Windsor City Centre. A stop by Windsor Castle or Windsor Royal Shopping Centre might round out your trip.

Windsor City Centre

Top Hotels in Windsor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Macdonald Windsor Hotel
4 out of 5
23 High Street, Windsor, England
¥14,430
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in Windsor City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Legoland and Windsor Racecourse are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,118 reviews)

"Great hotel and will be returning regularly! Rooms are fabulous, staff are helpful and friendly, definitely the best hotel in Windsor!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Thames Street, Windsor, England
¥15,194
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Windsor City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Bridge and Windsor Castle. Legoland and Windsor Racecourse are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (563 reviews)

"Brilliant location by the bridge at Windsor & Eton"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
The Crown and Cushion
The Crown and Cushion
3 out of 5
84 Hight Street, Eton, Windsor, England
¥7,169
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Windsor, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Bridge and Windsor Castle. Legoland and Windsor Racecourse are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (960 reviews)

"Well located and fairly priced. Nice staff and clean spacious room. Will return for sure!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

The Crown and Cushion

Popular things to do in Windsor

Windsor Castle
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Windsor Castle

4.5/5(2,090 reviews)

Manicured gardens stretch beyond the Gothic turrets of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, a weekend home to royals. 

Legoland
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Legoland

4/5(245 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Legoland and see why this is a favorite theme park in Windsor. Amble around the area's riverfront or seek out the golf courses.

Windsor Racecourse
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Windsor Racecourse

5/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Windsor Racecourse, and enjoy other activities in Windsor such as golfing. Wander the area's riverfront or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Windsor Great Park
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Windsor Great Park

Explore the lovely green spaces of Windsor Great Park and enjoy the golf courses in Windsor. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Dorney Lake
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Dorney Lake

5/5(2 reviews)

Catch an event at Dorney Lake, and enjoy other activities in Windsor such as golfing. Stroll along the area's riverfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

Windsor Bridge
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Windsor Bridge

You can find out about the history of Windsor with a stop at Windsor Bridge. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top activities in Windsor

Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

76% of travellers recommend
¥3,368
Per adult
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

88% of travellers recommend
¥13,544
Per adult
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Tour with Lunch Pack
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Tour with Lunch Pack

84% of travellers recommend
¥12,971
Per adult
Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch
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Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
¥11,394
Per adult
Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Guided Tour with Lunch
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Guided Tour with Lunch

82% of travellers recommend
¥10,391
Per adult
Windsor castle&Hampton court
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Windsor castle&Hampton court

¥9,125
Per adult

Reviews of Windsor

4.7

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 2.1739130434782608%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Windsor was a lovely city with so many fun activities and dining options. I felt very safe walking around late at night and absolutely loved Windsor Castle. 10/10 recommend visiting this adorable city.

5/5 - Excellent

Derrick

Nov 11, 2019

When in Windsor, try to visit the Two Brewers pub, near long walk park.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Windsor Castle is wonderful to see. I prefer it over Buckingham. Great area to walk around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Very quiet at night when Tours left. Enjoyable. Worth the stay outside of London.

5/5 - Excellent

Jen

Aug 30, 2019

I am biased as I used to live in Windsor but it is still a fantastic place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 28, 2019

Loved the castle and the surrounding area. Proximity to surrounding areas is great.