Queen Mary's Dolls' House is a magnificent dollhouse built in the early 1920s, completed in 1924, for Queen Mary, the wife of King George V of the United Kingdom. The idea for building the dollhouse originally came from the queen's cousin, Princess Marie Louise, who discussed her idea with one of the top architects of the time, Sir Edwin Lutyens at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1921.
The Changing of the Guard is, strictly speaking, called Guard Mounting where the new guard exchanges duty with the old guard. The Guards are stationed at Victoria Barracks and march up to and from the Castle accompanied by the Guards Band playing traditional military marches as well as popular songs.
Windsor is particularly well served when it comes to shops. As a tourist town there is a wide selection of gift shops around the castle together with stylish shops and restaurants in Windsor Royal Station .Stylish shops and restaurants of repute, its architectural elegance creates a place to shop, eat, meet and enjoy.
Concessions in the Concourse
Visit the concourse where a collection of small, independent businesses have personally sourced a unique range of gifts, accessories and homewares.
Peascod Street is an extremely old street and as such confounds visitors with the strange pronunciation of its name. Locally it is known as 'Pesscott' street', not, as it might seem, 'peez cod street'. As you might expect from one of the oldest streets in the town, it offers a wealth of shopping from top to bottom! In order to make the experience even more pleasurable, the entire shopping area was closed to traffic and turned into an attractive pedestrian precinct in the mid 1990s
Unusually, Windsor Parish Church has a font right in front of the door as you walk in, it's so close to the door you almost fall over it as you walk in.
Note:- A font holds water, and is used to baptise people into Christian religions.
There are lots of plaques and commemoration stones in the wall of the church, and a big gold coloured eagle to hold a bible on near the front of the church.
This picture was taken right from the entrance of the church, so you can see the font in the foreground of the picture.
The Long Walk must be a good few miles. It goes right from Windsor Castle and caries on in a dead straight line until it reaches the statue of a man on Horse back. The Copper Horse on Snow Hill.
This walk is popular with both locals and tourists, and you can sometimes see a horse and cart (and very occasionally one driven by one of the royals).
This photo shows the low midday sun in winter shining straight up the Long Walk. Windsor Castle is right behind me. The sun is so bright, it makes the path look wet, but is was almost entirely dry, and it virtually silhouettes the walkers on it.
The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11.00 daily from April to June and on alternate days for the remainder of the year, but with the exception of Sundays. For most of the year, the ceremony is held outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward. In April and for part of June - in the Quadrangle and may be viewed from Engine Court. Make sure you don't miss it while going through security checks. If you are not inside the Castle yet, gather with the others outside Henry VIII Gateway, where you can watch the parade. You can get your tickets and enter the Castle (by a different gate) later.
When you are tired of the noise and commotion of Windsor, take a boat trip with the French Brothers on the River Thames.
You will see the true splendour of the Castle from a new perspective. The round trips last 35 mins or 2 hours. The shorter one, which I took, was definitely too short for me.
35 min. trips - Adult - 4.50 GBP, child - 2.25 GBP
2 hr. trips - Adult - 7 GBP, child - 3.50 GBP
Windsor Castle is located 37kms west of London, and has been home to the Royals for over 900 years.
You can wander around the gardens and at certain times you can visit the state rooms.
The town of Windsor is also worth checking out and there are plenty of places to eat and get warm - especially if you go in January like we did!
This is the Parish Church of Windsor, and it is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It is right next to the Guildhall, so it is about 1 or 2 minutes walk from Windsor Castle. Entrance is free, it just appears to be a case of opening the door. Of course id a service is on, you may wish to come back later...
A church had been well established on the site the current church stands on as long ago as 1184!
The current church was rebuilt in 1820, although it has reatined a few items from the 1500s.
There appears to be quite a lot of history inside the church, some of it related to royalty and some to titled persons.
The Parish Church of Windsor is most famous for it's painting of the last supper that hangs above the entrance door in the West Gallery.
This painting was given to the church by King George III and was painted by Franz de Cleyn, who was a painter for King James I.
Nobody knows for sure exactly when the picture was painted, but it is known to predate 1600.
Note:- The Last Supper was the last meal Jesus ate with his apostles. Shortly afterwards he was arrested and crucified. It is therefore a popular subject for religious paintings.
The entertainment is certainly hands-on. Children aged 2 – 12 can take to the road.
With over 50 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions and set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.
~~~ LEGOLAND Windsor is a different sort of family theme park. ~~~
The park opens daily ~~~ 10.00am and closes at between 17.00pm and 19.00pm depending on the season.
~~ Below are the activities you can do within the park ~~~
Build & Test
Fairy Tale Brook
The Driving School
My Town Harbour
The Rat Trap
The Dragon's Apprentice
~~~ Most Popular Rides ~~~
Lego Traffic Cars (6-12 yrs)
Lego Traffic Boats
The picturesque parade of the Changing of the Guard lasts such a short time that you can't take a good picture of it, especially that the police keep everybody to the side of the street.
Here the last of the Guards pass the Queen Victoria Memorial. Even with their backs to me they looked so exotic I couldn't resist taking a picture.
Last visit July 2008
Windsor Castle is the reason most people choose to visit Windsor. It's one of the easiest day trips from London, currently the castle costs £14.80 to get in, less if you are a child or a student. I've been to the Castle three times, the 2nd time in August 2004 when I had the London Pass that included admission and the 3rd time with my niece, nephew and sister in law in July 2008. We got the family admission for the four of us for £38.10 so the 2nd child was free (up to 3 under age 17).
A brief guided tour is included in the cost of admission and you can pick it up just past the entrance. I caught one already in progress, the guide took us through the upper area of the castle and ended the tour right in front of the entrance to the doll house and state apartments. You can also pick up the audio guide which is also included.
We got to the castle shortly after it opened and there wasn't really much of a crowd. It seems that the crowds get larger as the day progresses at most of the larger tourist attractions so try and plan a morning visit and go early to visit the dollhouse and State Apartments. Also make sure to note if the Changing of the Guard is on that day at 11 am.
When your visit to the Castle comes to an end, just before you leave by Henry VIII Gateway, here is your chance to get the best souvenir from the Castle you can imagine - a picture of yourself with the Guard. He seems to be there specially for you, but, poor chap, is not allowed even to smile as tourists, mainly girls, stand by him one by one to pose for the picture.