Romantic Windsor awaits: its castle, history, dining and more!

Less than 30 miles from west London, Windsor is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Royal Berkshire and makes a great day trip away from London. You’ll discover a magnificent town in a glorious riverside location with great shopping, restaurants and of course Windsor Castle the Queen’s official royal residence said to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.

With bed & breakfasts, campsites, hotels and even boats, Windsor and the wider Berkshire countryside has all types of accommodation for you to enjoy, each offering their own unique holiday experience.

Described as a must see for any trip to England, a visit to Windsor Castle should be high on anyone’s list of things to do in Windsor. Once you walk through the castle gates you will soon understand why Queen Elizabeth considers this to be home; beautiful and regal, take a guided tour and learn more of the history of this royal home.

If you are visiting with children take them for a mesmerising visit to Fudge Kitchen. With entertaining experts on hand to guide you through the whole fudge making process. It makes for something quirky that the whole family can take part in.

Take time out and explore the rest of Berkshire. Ascot is renowned for its famous racecourse, attracting thousands of visitors per year. If you enjoy horseracing then plan your visit carefully around the racing calendar and experience Ascot in all of its glory on race day.

The nearby Thorpe Park gives reason to bring the family to Ascot as one of the most popular theme parks in England. With a variety of roller-coaster rides for the fearless and other amusement activities there is something for everyone to make this a family day out.

If you are a fan of stately homes then the exquisite Highclere Castle will not disappoint - home of popular TV series Downton Abbey. A visit makes for an enjoyable afternoon with pretty gardens to explore as well.

Eton is another famous Berkshire town on the banks of the River Thames. It is well worth a visit to sample its rich history and beautiful grounds. Take a gander at its famous public school, Eton College. They offer guided tours where you can learn the history of this unique building and some stories of its now famous past pupils.

In the far west of Berkshire, alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, is the charming market town of Hungerford. Situated amidst beautiful countryside with a range of warm and friendly country pubs to tempt you, you can easily lose yourself here for a couple of hours. Aside from its antique shops and fairs, the town boasts unique handcrafted shops providing the opportunity to take something home; a keepsake of your time spent in Berkshire.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Shopping and Castles

Top hotels in Windsor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Oakley Court
4 out of 5
£192
per night
4 Oct-5 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,058 reviews)

"This was a beautiful end to our month long trip to the U.K. It is located on the bank of the Thames and is so peaceful and quiet. Wish we could have stayed longer. Everything is close-by Windsor is less than 10 mins, Windsor Castle and Heathrow is only 30 mins. Away."…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019

The Oakley Court
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Macdonald Windsor Hotel
4 out of 5
£144
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,030 reviews)

"Great location and very nice rooms. Would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Macdonald Windsor Hotel
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Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery
4 out of 5
£122
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (605 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable, close walking to everything"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery

Popular things to do in Windsor

Windsor Castle
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Windsor Castle

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

Eton College
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Eton College

Walk around the campus of Eton College, a top university in Eton. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

St. Georges Chapel
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St. Georges Chapel

With an opulence worthy of the former monarchs buried inside, this 15th-century chapel is the go-to spot for royal ceremonies and weddings.

Theatre Royal
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Theatre Royal

Follow in the footsteps of George VI and Elizabeth II with a trip to see a production in this iconic theater near Windsor Castle.

Dorney Court
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Dorney Court

A popular wedding venue and stately home has been passed through generations for more than 500 years. Visit the barn, estate and café set in scenic parkland.

Windsor Guildhall
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Windsor Guildhall

The civil ceremonies of Sir Elton John and Prince Charles took place in this gorgeous town hall that has played a key role in Windsor’s rich history.

Top activities in Windsor

Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

£23

Windsor Castle is the Queen's preferred weekend residence—a splendid location sitting proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. With no waiting in line, this is the perfect way to explore the magnificent castle and its interior at your leisure.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

£95

Experience the best of England as you explore the grounds of Windsor Castle, a sprawling stone estate that’s been home to the royal family for 900 years. Circle around the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge as you listen to theories behind its use, and stroll through the idyllic campuses in Oxford.

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Full Day Tour with Lunch
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Full Day Tour with Lunch

£91

Visit the royal city of Windsor to explore the world's largest occupied castle before venturing to the mysterious site of Stonehenge. Finally, discover the beautiful city of Bath and its famous Roman Baths complex on this full-day tour rich in intrigue, history, and culture.

Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch
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Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch

£80

Extended Visit to Windsor Castle As an iconic part of British culture, the beautiful Windsor Castle is one of the must-visit attractions in the UK. Steeped in history and overlooking the delightful town of Windsor, the Castle is well-documented as the Queen’s favourite royal residency.

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Tickets

£24

For an awesome family day out this year viist LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and experience the ultimate LEGO adventure! Whether you are earning your very first driving license behind the wheel of a LEGO car at the LEGO City Driving School, helping at the LEGO City Coastguard HQ in your own LEGO boat, riding a Dragon through a medieval castle or discovering the lost metropolis of Atlantis in a Submarine.

The Original Tour Windsor Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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The Original Tour Windsor Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

£38

Hop on board The Original Tour Windsor sightseeing buses and let us guide you through the history and heritage of Windsor and Eton from the top deck of our buses. Experience these lively riverside towns, which have been home to the British Royal Family for centuries.