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Windsor
Travel Guide

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

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Thames Street, Windsor, England
The price is ¥14,481 per night from May 3 to May 4
Located in Windsor City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Bridge and Windsor Castle. Frogmore House and Windsor Racecourse are ...
4/5Very Good! (627 reviews)
Nice hotel very well situated for the castle
"Easy to check in and very safe what with COVID and easy to follow, room arrives was very good and its close to the castle and shops so all good. However breakfast was slow service and the food not so great which was a bit of a let down! Room was lovely and comfy so no complaints there."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa
Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
4 out of 5
18 High Street, Windsor, England
The price is ¥15,198 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Windsor City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Frogmore House and Windsor Racecourse are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (778 reviews)
Christmas visit to Windsor
"Extremely friendly front desk and bell staff with wonderful location near castle. Breakfast food was good but service could have been better. Loved the Christmas decorations!"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
De Vere Beaumont Estate
De Vere Beaumont Estate
4 out of 5
Burfield Road, Berkshire, Windsor, England
The price is ¥21,363 per night from May 17 to May 18
Situated in Windsor, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Windsor Castle, Legoland, and Windsor Racecourse. Thorpe Park is 5.1 mi (8.3 km) ...
3.5/5Good! (454 reviews)
Fantastic
"Didn’t want to leave!"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

De Vere Beaumont Estate
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 ¥28,479 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
This family-friendly Windsor apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bray Marina, Windsor Racecourse, and Legoland. King Edward Court Shopping and Windsor ...
5/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay in a lovely studio lodge. The kids loved it and collecting the fresh eggs in the morning was a highlight for the kids. Will definitely be booking again for the summer next year. Thank you to the owners for a lovely stay."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Willow Court Farm
Cavendish House
Cavendish House
5 out of 5
18 Thames St, Windsor, England
Located in Windsor City Centre, this luxury apartment building is steps from Theatre Royal and Windsor Castle. Frogmore House and Windsor Racecourse are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"excellent position in the heart of Windsor. Much needed parking on the premises. Great communication"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Cavendish House
Hampden Apartments - The Victoria
Hampden Apartments - The Victoria
5 out of 5
7 Fountain Court, 28-32 Frances Rd, Windsor, England
Situated in Windsor, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Guildhall, Windsor Castle, and Frogmore House. Legoland and Windsor ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"This apartment was absolutely perfect for us - plenty of space plus it’s beautifully decorated and ideally situated. Will definitely book again next time we’re in the area"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Hampden Apartments - The Victoria
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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