Windsor Travel Guide

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Windsor Highlights

  • Pro
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     Thames river, swans, Eton, castle, Queen… 

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     Hordes of visitors, especially in season 

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     Perfect day trip from London 

Windsor Things to Do

  • Windsor Castle-Changing of the Guard

    I've seen the Changing of the Guard at so many places so many times that I didn't even think to see if it was going on when we visited with the kids but as luck would have it we were passing by where it takes places just before 11:00 am, a Palace employee pointed it out to us and we went down to near St. George's Chapel to watch.This is a terrific...

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  • Windsor Liberal club.

    Members only,with great food and live shows.Parties catered for.Web page not working too well at present.Darts,pool and snooker.

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  • More boat trips.

    Going a bit further upstream than the other company to Maidenhead and Marlow or down to Staines.I've been on a couple of special night cruises and really enjoyed it partying away.

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Windsor Restaurants

  • Afternoon Tea

    The Crooked House is a fascinating old building near the castle. We went for afternoon tea as part of a 'gift experience' - this included the most expensive version of afternoon tea (the 'Queen Elizabeth'), with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, mini patisserie, sweet biscuits, fruitcake and fruit garnish. The tea was good (proper leaf tea,...

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  • fast food

    This was a convenient restaurant near the river and the castle. We sat on the paved area and ate our snack. I had the chicken pasty which contained chunks of chicken, potatoes, peas and sweet corn. It was quite large and tasty.My daughter had a Meal Deal- jacket potato with tuna plus a drink.With so many visitors to Windsor, it was very convenient...

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  • Pasties

    This is one of a chain of shops in the UK selling pasties, a pastry shell containing a variety of ingredients. It's great for a quick meal and they are ready to go. I liked the bacon and cheese pasty, even the medium size one was very filling. I tried a traditional steak one at a different location and didn't like it nearly as well. The bacon and...

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Windsor Nightlife

  • Dress up and party.

    Went here before it changed its name many times,always good. The best club and party wear,dress to be seen.

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  • Whatever you fancy

    Not just music,all sorts,so check out the web page.Based at the old fire station in case you're worrying about the photo.It's now shut, old web address here below, but see website to try and save it.www.windsorartscentre.org

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  • Some bizarre evenings

    I have learned from another local that it has recently changed hands and is now a strip club.I will endeavour to affirm this when i'm next in Windsor. Smart casual.

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Windsor Transportation

  • Bus to Heathrow

    Updated June 2011To get from Windsor to Heathrow we went to the main street in front of the Castle where there were 2 stops with buses going to Heathrow, bus 77 from stop D in front of WH Smith and bus 71 at stop J a little further up the street on the other side. The schedule is posted at the bus stop, for us on a Sunday they left at 7 and 9 past...

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  • To Windsor from London

    The quickest way to Windsor from London is via train from Paddington Station to Slough where you change trains for Windsor and Eton Central station. From the train station in Windsor, it is a very short walk to the castle. The train takes 35-40 minutes if you catch a direct train. The platforms at Slough are well marked, there is a directional sign...

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  • By Train

    I took this picture to emphasise the fact that this line is a single track line, and only has one stop (to Slough). From Slough it is easy to change and catch trains to London Paddington, Reading or the West Coast Line.This station is Windsor and Eton Central. There is also Windsor and Eton Riverside, which is a bit bigger and has direct trains to...

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Windsor Shopping

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  • Souvenirs from Windsor

    Royal Windsor Station is a great place for some shopping. There are nice arts and crafts shops, restaurants and cafes, clothing and fashions, home and gifts, etc. My wife always likes to buy little prizes for her bridge club when we are on trips so went into a shop called Oil and Vinegar and found a couple of ideal things. I also love places that...

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  • Windsor Castle shopping

    Inside the castle grounds are several gift shops, each with slightly different merchandise, if you want a souvenir of your visit to Windsor Castle. I found charms for my niece's bracelets in the one by the Albert Chapel and at the one near the exit I bought a King Henry VIII (before he got fat) toy soldier for my nephew who proclaimed it the BEST...

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  • Shopping near the castle and train...

    The area near the train station/castle is filled with speciality shops, gift shops, shoe stores, antique stores and more. There are stores in the covered section going from the train station to the Castle, if you go up to High Street and turn right and then right again, you will be on Peascod Street, a pedestrian only shopping district. The website...

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Windsor Local Customs

  • The Royal Windsors

    Even though I am not English myself, I do have close English family and a very strong English bloodline.I dont know if it's because of this, that I do love all things royal!Well, perhaps not ALL things - they do make silly bananas of themselves sometimes... but I do love this town, and always smile when I hear the coleagues I work with say 'the...

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  • Heraldic Arms of Windsor and Maidenhead

    The shield combines the arms of the two merged boroughs. On the dexter (right) side are charges from the arms of New Windsor. White and green are the livery colours of the Tudor dynasty. The stag's head is for Windsor Great Forest. Between the stag's antlers are the Royal arms as used between 1405 and 1603. The sinister (left) side uses charges...

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  • Swan-upping........

    This is a 5 day census that takes place annually - the intention is to confirm the number of swans on the River Thames. During this process, the Cygnets are weighed and examined for signs of injury.The tradition of swan-upping dates back to the 12th century. The Royal Family retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water,...

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Windsor Warnings and Dangers

  • Get on the right train from Paddington

    We got on a milk run train from London Paddington to get to Slough where we needed to change for Windsor and *just* missed the connection to the Slough train, it was still on the platform and just pulling away, we ended up having to wait for another 20 minutes for the next train. I didn't realize there were express trains (non stop) and milk run...

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  • Windsor Car Park. Boot Release Fee...

    If the theives don't break into your car, the fellows enforcing the parking rules can still rip you off. I'd been parking all over England for a week and every car park had stopped charging at 6:00 pm, so I assumed the one in Windsor would as well. Just my luck, the place charges at all hours and if you haven't paid, the fee to have them remove the...

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  • Friday and Saturday night in William...

    Because there are two clubs and a pub here with lots of people outside waiting,some drunk milling around,then fights and stuff occur.Usually police are keeping an eye on the proceedings but if you don't want hassle then miss the area.

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Windsor Tourist Traps

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    Horse Rides down the Long Walk

    by easyoar Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    Not too much to say about this one really! The guy with the Horse and cart hangs around nar the top of the High Street just outside the Castle, waiting for some tourists that are prepared to pay.

    From what I saw, he didn't take people that far, along some of the Long Walk and a brief ride into Windsor Town. Nothing that you couldn't do on foot quite easily.

    But I guess you pays your money you takes your choice...

    Unique Suggestions: Haggle over the price...

    Fun Alternatives: A pied...

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Windsor What to Pack

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    Soooo luurvleeeigh Gianniiquah, March 12th, 1995.

    by mwe Updated Jul 30, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A full-length leather coat (you call it your Gestapo coat) to proudly tell everyone you're a feminist from Vancouver and you need a man to protect you.

    Miscellaneous: Feminists from Vancouver prefer vibrators to men (cheaper and more reliable), but are fun to be with and like their male friends.

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Windsor Off The Beaten Path

  • The Royal Stag,Datchet.Haunted or not?

    Just a short walk or train journey from Windsor is Datchet,one of Shakespeares favourite villages.Right in the centre next to the Church is the Royal Stag which is said to be haunted by a ghostly Hand print that appears on a window in the corner of the bar.The web site below gives a great history of the pub said to be the oldest house in...

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  • Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park

    The highest point in the Great Park of Windsor is a hill with a coppper statue of George III on his horse plonked on top of it.You can see it in the distance from the beginning of the Long Walk from Windsor Castle, a 3 mile long pretty much dead straight tree-lined path through the Great Park.

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  • The Long Walk

    For a different view of Windsor Castle, head towards the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park which starts on the side of Windsor Castle and runs for about 3 miles. It was started during the reign of Charles II in 1680-1685 with the planting of a double avenue of elm trees. The addition of the carriage road was done by Queen Anne in 1710. The elms were...

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Windsor Sports & Outdoors

  • Royal Windsor Open Water Swim

    Somehow, no matter what place I pick, the hubby always seem to find some kind of insane swimming related activity and this trip was no exception. On our way back from Euromeet in Macedonia, we stopped by London for a couple of nights and he found a swim race in Windsor in the Thames River. 2011 was the 2nd year for the event, there were 950m, 1.9km...

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  • Lanes Golf club

    9 hole council course.GREEN FEESTHE COURSE

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  • Kingsmead Sailing club

    Just outside Windsor on the water reservoir,it's the nearest club.WEATHERRYAINTERNATIONAL SAILING FEDERATIONFEES

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Windsor Favorites

  • Avoid long lines

    We got to Windsor Castle around 10:30, watched the Changing of the Guard at 11am and then headed to the Doll House and State Apartments. This turned out to be a very good way to visit the Castle as the queues later on in the day were very long for the Doll House.It looked like there was a separate queue if you wanted to skip the Doll House and just...

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  • Castle admission discount

    In January 2008 I was able to find a £4 discount to Windsor Castle if you used the slower train from Waterloo Station but not via the faster train from Paddington Station but we didn't do it because Kat was not interested in visiting the Castle.I believe you need to buy a combination ticket when you purchase your train ticket, see the Southwest...

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  • FREE public toilet

    For once I didn't have to resort to using a McDonald's toilet or part with 20 pence in order to use a public toilet, located in the covered gallery (same building where the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Cafe Rouge are) near the Windsor & Eton Central station, they are located down a flight of stairs, just find the map of the covered gallery to see...

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