May 7-11 2008
In the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Opens at 08.00 Afternoon performances 12.00-17.30 Evening 18.30-22.30
4 days of competing and check the weather forecast as if it's been wet or is due to then it usually gets pretty muddy.Firework display on the last night.
In order to get from Windsor Castle over to Eton, you must cross over the Thames River (pronounced Tems) on the Windsor Bridge which was designed by Charles Hollis in 1824. It was originally a toll bridge open to non pedestrian traffic, the toll was removed in 1898 and it was closed to vehicles in 1970.
You can take a boat ride on the Thames or hire a rowboat or motor boat for a do it yourself trip.
Technically the Guildhall should be known as the Town Hall as it was never the meeting place of the town's guilds. But nevertheless, it is called the Guildhall. It was designed by Thomas Fitz who died before it was completed, famous architect Christopher Wren finished it up in 1689.
It wasn't open the day we visited but if you happen to be there on a Monday, it is free to have a look inside from 10am-2pm according to this website.
St George's Chapel is the place of worship at Windsor Castle in England. It is both a royal peculiar and the chapel of the Order of the Garter.
A Royal Peculiar (or Royal Peculier) is a place of worship that falls directly under the jurisdiction of the British monarch, rather than a diocese.
The chapel is located in the Lower Ward of the castle, which is currently one of the principal residences of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Chapel was designed by architect Sir Reginald Bray who is buried here, and the bookshop in the chapel is the Bray Family Chapel.
The chapel was built from the 15th to 16th centuries at the castle in the Perpendicular Gothic style as an expansion and rededication of the 13th century Chapel of St Edward the Confessor.
The Chapel of St Edward the Confessor was attached to the second of two religious colleges which were founded in 1348 by King Edward III and rededicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Edward the Confessor and St George the Martyr. Edward III also built the Aerary Porch in 1353-1354. It was used as the entrance to the new college
St George's Chapel became the Mother Church of the order where a special service is still held every June and is attended by the members of the order. Their heraldic banners hang above the upper stalls of the choir where they have a seat for life.
Much of the chapel was removed to make way for the Lady Chapel, which was then abandoned in favour of building it at Westminster Abbey.
Although others continued work on St George's Chapel, it wasn't vaulted and furnished until the 19th century when Queen Victoria oversaw its refurbishment.
There are many members of the royal family buried there starting in 1483. The latest 2 being Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, both who died in 2002.
But all in all, it is a fully working church, with a FANTASTIC Organ.
This place is so full of history, and it is still lived in.
I was lucky enough to go through the rooms open to the public just after the fire. I say lucky enough because what they found due to cleaning after the fire was quite extrordinary.
Behind where the paintings used to hang in the banqueting hall, were found "Cartoons", Black and white sketches by famous artists that were forgotten about. Also it was discovered that the chandeliers had a mechanism to make them revolve, this was not known either. Un fortunatly some of the rooms generally open to the public were closed, but I did get to see them on subsequent trips
Its A wonderful and informative place to visit, so much history and so much present as well.
Not too much to see inside but as i got married here before Charles and Camilla and now Elton John i thought i might just mention it.We then had a blessing in St. Georges Chapel. Check the history of the place on the below web site.As i have also spent many an hour in the 3 Tuns public house i can't deny anyone not liking the area.
If you live in the borough you can also get married here,as the many weddings at weekends testify.With the Parish Church next door it get hard to figure out whos guests are whos.
The Old King's Head in Church Street is a lovely old building, in which William Shakespeare is said to have stayed whilst he was writing 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. He might have, he might not; it's not really all that important, as the building and the street itself are interesting in themselves.
There is a plaque on the outside which records the warrant for the execution of King Charles l in 1648.
Well, you might as well have a look......it's very near the castle gates, in a little lane called Church Street (rather a pretty little place, actually, now stuffed with places to eat of various sorts).
Nell was the fabled orange-seller-turned-actress mistress of King Charles ll (many a joke has been made over the years about the size and quality of her oranges). He kept her either in London or at Windsor, depending on where he was based at the time. To be fair, he did eventually build her a large mansion of her own (Burford House) close to the castle walls. Nell bore the King two sons, and seems to have been very fond of him, remaining faithful to him even after he died.
Her Church Street house is now a pretty blue, although quite what she would think of the 'Nell Gwynn Chinese restaurant' next door it is difficult to say. One hopes she would find it amusing; she seems to have been an amiable sort of woman.
Didn't get a chance to try it but it was always busy.
Alas only open between December 2nd and January 7th.So guessing it will be almost the same the coming year.
Prices per 1hour session Adult 9 pounds 50 pence, children under 16 years 7 pounds.
Open 10a.m. - 10 p.m.
More information on their web page.
Over five hundred years old, St. George's Chapel is a magnificent example of Perpendicular architecture. It is the Chapel of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Britain's highest order of Chivalry. The Chapel has witnessed many royal weddings and is the burial place of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII, Charles I, George VI with his wife Queen Elisabeth the Queen Mother and their younger daughter, Princess Margaret.
Last admission: 16.05 (closed Sundays)
On your way to the Castle you will see the statue of Queen Victoria erected in 1887 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. Imposing rather than graceful, she seems to look critically at the goings on in front of the Castle. To her left, you can see one of the Guide Friday buses, which offer tours of Windsor.
Photograph by and with permission of my friend Barbara Godlewska.
The best way to see Windsor is to park the car (if driving) and walk around the town. There are lots of interesting buildings and a large assortment of good shops, restaurants and coffee places. We always like to stop for a coffee at The Windsor Perk!
For both the young and not-so-young, there are all sorts of activities to enjoy without getting bored! Although geared mostly for kids 2-10, there are interactive activities and building workshops (of course with legos) for older kids too and for the moms and dads, the live shows are really funny. We thoroughly enjoyed our day here with our son who rated this site second to Legoland in Billund, Denmark.
A fortress-like castle, it is Her Majesty's weekend residence. The grounds are fabulous for walking and I like the changing of the guard ceremony better than in Buckingham Palace. Visit St. George's Chapel for its magnificent example of medieval architecture. Likewise the State Apartments are a joy to the senses especially the presence of priceless art works.
As it says,it's a big wheel standing 55m or 180 feet high,comprising of pods.
Only running from 8th July to 3rd September.
Prices in pounds.
Under 16's 4.50
Private Gondola 30
VIP gondola with Champagne 60