Travel Tips to visit Windsor and Windsor Castle
Windsor town with its magnificent castle is located very close to London, which makes it easy and attractive location for day trips.
Our recommendation to get there are the trains, departing approximately every 30 minutes from Paddington station. There is a change at Slough with a shuttle train to Windsor and Ethan Central Station.The whole journey is no more than 30 minutes.Alternative transportation are the coaches provided by Green Line, departing near Victoria Coach Station. The ride on the bus takes a bit longer, around an hour. Windsor Castle, with its 900 years of history, has a lot to offer. This is the oldest occupied castle in the world.
Most of the people consider Buckingham Palace as the Queen’s home, but actually it is exactly Windsor Castle that she spends most of her time in. Also all of the royal weddings took place there. Everyone who enjoys history, art and architecture, would love to spend a few hours there.
A tip from us is to buy your tickets online and to get there in the early opening hours of Windsor Castle (10 am) to avoid the big queues during the busy spring and summer seasons.Once you get off the train, walk straight towards the exit which leads to the main road and the front of the Windsor Castle.
You can buy entry tickets directly at the venue or online. Entry tickets at the gate cost £22.50, but you could get better deals online. Once you get inside you will be able to:
- Visit the Castle’s luxurious State Apartments,
- Step inside the stunning St. George’s Chapel, burial place of Henry VIII
- View Queen Mary’s incredibly ornate Dolls’ House
- Summer visitors can enjoy the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony
You can also hop on the Original Tour of Windsor, which will take to to the main attractions of the town. Prices start from £13 per adult.
There are amazing pubs just in front of the Castle’s entry. You shouldn’t miss the English Breakfast or other traditional meals offered in the pubs. You can also enjoy a pint of beer. Usually there are plenty of varieties, but the main choices are between local ale and lager beer.
Alexandra Park in Windsor
Alexandra Park is located by the River Thames. Take a nice relaxing walk away from the crowded touristic parts of the town. Why not even enjoy a picnic with some of the delicious local food that the small shops all around the town offer?
Also the main attraction along the river are the boat services. You can hire a motor boat or a manual rowing boat. Also you can jump on the guided ones, which depart approximately every 30 minutes.
Near the end of the river bank you will meet the hungry swans and ducks and you can even buy them special food for birds from one of the kiosks.