On Sundays we like to go out for a good walk followed by a visit to a pub for a Sunday Roast or just a drink. From our house it’s very easy to start your walk and go for example to the Thames, where you can follow the Thames path towards Hammersmith, Kew or Brentford. But you can also easily drive a bit outside the city to start your walk somewhere else. Like we did earlier in Oxford and Henley-on-Thames. This time we decided to drive to Windsor, a village along the Thames at less than half an hour’s drive from Chiswick.
Windsor is a city in the county of Berkshire, west of the British capital London. When you visit Windsor, it feels more like a big village with urban features. Such as the presence of a shopping centre, two train stations, different hotels and a theater. This is mainly due to the established castle from 1070, which is one of the largest tourist attractions in the region. Windsor Castle is quite dominant in Windsor because of its size and slightly higher location. The castle is currently the largest castle in the world that is still inhabited. The British royal family is not permanently present in Windsor Castle, but stays there regularly.
Windsor Castle can be visited at a fee. You can’t walk through the whole castle, but you will see a part of the castle that is sufficient to get a good impression of the rich and wealth that is certainly present in the castle. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to photograph anywhere.
Besides the castle, Windsor has a number of other attractions such as the Windsor Guildhall, the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and Windsor Great Park. Perhaps the most famous image of this Park is the iconic view of the 3 mile long walk that begins at the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle and ends at the beautiful Copper Horse statue. This tree-lined avenue stretches in the direction of the old fort and illustrates the royal grandeur and royal heritage of Windsor Great Park. In this park you will also find deers, with a population of about 500 that roam freely around the Deer Park housing.
Another big crowd puller, especially for families with kids, is Legoland Windsor. This theme park opened its doors in 1996 and is based entirely on the popular toy blocks where you can build almost anything with it. Given the late time on the clock, we decided to postpone a visit to this popular park until next time.
It’s lovely to explore Windsor by foot, but you can also use the so-called hop-on, hop-off buses or the amphibious vehicles of Duck Tours. With nice weather you can even rent boats to sail on the river Thames. If you feel like shopping or have lunch or diner after visiting all the sights? This historic town offers plenty of nice boutiques and eateries that mainly focus around the castle and the main station of Windsor.
Windsor is definitely a must to visit, preferably on a sunny or at least dry day, you can not miss the Long Walk when you visit this place. And if you are a fan of the royal house then this place is absolutely the place to be. The number of tourists wasn’t too bad when we visited this place. But keep in mind that Windsor is knows as one of the touristic places to visit. Especially now that the wedding of Harry and Meghan is in sight on May 19, this place will be probably become increasingly popular among an even larger audience.
Nevertheless, very impressive to see this beautiful royal village with all it’s sights. It feels really special to have such places like this at a short distance from your home. If you want to walk and want to see some history of England in combination with some nature, then Windsor is definitely recommended.
If you have plans to visit this famous English village and want to have more information about sights, accessibility and parking? Then please take a look at the website of Windsor.