The beautiful town of Windsor is known for its connection to royalty, having housed many monarchs over the years. It’s Home to the largest occupied castle in the world, and the resting place of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII.
The town is situated alongside the River Thames and has a very rich and cultural history and If you’re looking for inspiration and a perfect place for a mini-break, then make sure Windsor is on your list! There is so much to see and do, with lovely restaurants and bars, independent cafes and great shopping, as well as boat tours, museums, and of course the Queen's favorite home, Windsor Castle.
Here is a list of the best things to do in this gorgeous town.
1. Windsor Castle
Let's start with the oldest occupied castle in Europe. It's long been Home to the Monarchy including Queen Elizabeth II and Henry VIII and more than 1000 years of history. The castle is also home to St Georges Chapel, the resting place of many famous Monarchs, including Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Charles I as well as the Queen's mother and her husband, Prince Phillip.
Parts of the castle were destroyed by the fire of 1992, including 9 state rooms, but have since been beautifully restored to award-winning beauty. The restoration took 5 years to complete.
Her majesty spends most weekends here, so look for the Royal Standard flag flying.
Visiting the castle is an essential part of any visit to Windsor and is a truly unique experience you won't find anywhere else.
2. Theatre Royal
Set in the heart of the town in sight of the castle and a stone's throw from the River Thames is the Theatre Royal, where you can come and watch a delightful choice of first-class theatre. Throughout the year there are a choice of great shows from comedy, musicals, dramas, and family pantomimes.
Britain's only unsubsidised producing theatre has a rich history dating back over 200 years and is where you can find the showing of Shakespeare's unrelenting tale of madness, revenge, and death in the show Hamlet.
3. Take a boat on the thames
Whatever the weather, taking a boat tour along the River Thames in Windsor is a truly fantastic experience.
There are a number of tours available from short trips to longer ones or a steamboat tea cruise, offering the finest traditional afternoon tea, perfect if you are celebrating a special occasion.
The Windsor duck tour is also great fun and a great way to learn about Windsor's history. The Tour is both great fun for adults and children, taking you around the water as well as the roads of Windsor.
You can even hire a motorboat if you fancy taking your own tour, with local company John Logie providing self-hire boats.
4. Windsor Great Park
Escape into nature within the sprawling Windsor Great Park. Explore the serene gardens, lakes, and woodlands, and keep an eye out for grazing deer. The park offers numerous trails for walking and cycling, providing a tranquil retreat from the bustling town centre.
5. Windsor Royal Shopping
Indulge in some retail therapy at Windsor Royal Shopping, a vibrant and bustling shopping destination housed within a beautifully restored Victorian railway station. Explore a diverse range of boutiques, art galleries, and charming cafes, and discover unique souvenirs to take home.
6. Legoland Windsor Resort:
For a day of family fun, head to Legoland Windsor Resort. Let your imagination run wild as you explore themed lands, enjoy thrilling rides, and marvel at the impressive Lego models. It's a perfect adventure for children and adults alike.
The theme park is just a short taxi ride away from the centre of Windsor, and there are plenty of 2-for-1 entry offers to be found.
7. Windsor Farm Shop
Who doesn't love a farm shop selling fresh local produce? Savour the flavours of the region at the Windsor Farm Shop and cafe. Browse an array of locally sourced products, including fresh produce, and meat from the royal estate, home-cooked pies, artisanal cheeses, homemade baked goods, and more. Treat yourself to a taste of Windsor's culinary delights.