Windsor prides itself on cosy timber-beamed pubs, Michelin-star restaurants, the cream of Britain’s horse-racing events at Royal Ascot; and Windsor Castle, the town’s crowning glory.
Visit a royal residence
Step inside the home of the British royal family by visiting Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Explore the beauty of St George’s Chapel and see the resting place of 10 monarchs. It’s worth getting an audio guide to tour the State Apartments of the castle. You’ll get a better insight into the treasures of the Royal Collection and it’s a leisurely walk through the halls. Not to be missed is Queen Mary’s Dolls House, which is a masterpiece in miniature down to every miniscule detail. Built in the 1920s, by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it’s a perfect replica of an aristocratic home. It even includes electricity, running water and a flushing toilet. Stay in historic surroundings by choosing hotels near Windsor Castle.
Enjoy thrill rides and theme parks
Take the short drive from Windsor to Thorpe Park to brave the backwards ride on The Swarm, the world’s first winged roller coaster. Explore the newly launched Angry Birds Land with its 4D experience and battle against your friends and family on the King Pig’s Wild Hog Dodgem. Meanwhile at nearby LEGOLAND, you can see your favourite landmarks in miniature at Miniland, ride the rapids on Vikings’ River Splash and explore a magical underworld on a LEGO submarine.
Have a day at the races
Windsor is the place to be for sports events, especially of the horse variety. Head to Royal Windsor Racecourse for a great night out. When you’ve finished cheering on your favourite horses, there’s a good restaurant on site to grab a bite to eat and a drink. And, some fixtures have live music after the races. Look out for popular themed-days including Irish Night and Royal Windsor Garden Party Race Day. If you want to arrive in style, you can get a boat ride from Eton Bridge to the venue. Save on cheap hotels in Windsor and you’ll have more cash to place your bets at one of Britain’s most renowned races, Royal Ascot. This iconic event in the annual racing calendar is a fantastic blend of high society and adrenaline-pumping sport. Join the crowds to compete for the unofficial title of ‘most outrageous hat’, sip bubbly on neat green lawns, spot the Queen in her carriage and watch the horses thunder across the finishing line.
Try some fine dining
Now it’s time to eat like a king. Enjoy Anthony Worrall Thompson’s meaty menu by candlelight at Windsor Grill. Or, try 3-Michelin star dining at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck for a truly theatrical experience of food that is as much about sound and smell as it is about taste. Enjoy the right royal treatment and choose from our luxurious selection of spa hotels in Windsor - think converted country estates and romantic riverside hotels.
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