Windsor Castle, London
The Queens next best castle, or perhaps even the best, is actually Windsor and very very recommended - excellent art gallery and Queen Marys doll house is amazing. Only 45 mins or so by train from London but allow 2-3 hours for the castle and or St Georges chapel - and also the cute streets next to the castle. Also a walk along the Long mile is rather nice in good weather.
In season Queen Victoria's Frogmore House along the Long Walk has a special 2 day opening which is an excellent visit - the interior and the memorabilia of her rather artistic children and grandchilden is impressive amd gardens beautiful - I think it was July when I went.
Then back down the hill and across the river is Eton! cute buildings along the road up to the university buildings - so really you need another couple of hours for that. but a very worthwhile day out!
Windsor Castle, in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, is the largest inhabited castle in the world and, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, is the oldest in continuous occupation. The castle's floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet (44,965 square metres).
Together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, it is one of the principal official residences of the British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II spends many weekends of the year at the castle, using it for both state and private entertaining. Her other two residences, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle, are the Royal Family's private homes.
Most of the Kings and Queens of England, later Kings and Queens of Great Britain, and later still kings and queens of the Commonwealth realms, have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison. Chronologically the history of the castle can be traced through the reigns of the monarchs who have occupied it. When the country has been at peace, the castle has been expanded by the additions of large and grand apartments; when the country has been at war, the castle has been more heavily fortified. This pattern has continued to the present day.
Whether or not you decide to get the London Pass, board a train at Paddington and take a ride out to Windsor Castle. It is a very easy ride - about forty five minutes, and you only make one change (at Slough, where you literally walk about ten feet to the connecting train). Once you arrive you pass through a lively outdoor shopping area that connects the train station to the town of Windsor, where you will find many more shops and restaurants en route to the castle.
There are free tours available every half-hour and I would recommend tagging along on one. The guides are conducted by employees at the castle and last about one hour. These guides are very friendly, informative, and specialize in dry British humor. All in all, very entertaining.
Windsor castle is about 30 minutes by train from London Paddington for just over £8 return. The entrance costs £13.50 (July 2006) and includes an audio tour in various languages giving you an insight into the history of the castle. You get to see the staterooms, St. George's Chapel, Queen Mary's dolls' house etc. The castle is still used as a residence by the queen and the staterooms are closed on occasions.
It was exciting to take the tour to Windsor Castle. The British royal family is fascinating and to visit this royal residence that has spans almost a millenium is some thing to look forward too.
The different State apartments looked stately although I wsih we were allowed more time to wander around by ourselves. There are many priceless paintings and tapestries on the world and collection of antique furniture and carpets and sculptures.
Just enjoy the tour and buy a souvenir book to check out the details.
windsor castle is an offical residence of the queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. william the conqueror chose this site to guard the western approaches to london in 1070AD. originally made of wood, henry II rebuilt the castle in stone and added the massive round tower in the 1170's. in 1360 edward III created st. george's hall for use of the knights of the order of the garter. in 1471 edward IV began construction of st. george's chapel and it was completed by henry III in 1483. ten british monarchs are buried here. the chapel is considered one of the finest examples of late medieval architecture in western europe. an interesting side trip when visiting london.
Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation.
It's easy to take a day trip from London to Windsor, and it's a quite enjoyable outing. Aside from the castle there is also a lovely town to explore, once you get past the tourist tat shops.
Windsor Castle, the River Thames, Eton College (Posh School), Windsor Racecourse and The Great Park (Polo)
Mix with royalty, or those who wish to hang around royalty.
I once was watching Prince Charles playing polo on the Great Park. No security - is that still so. Anyway - I got close enough to hear what he said when he missed an open goal (blue blood - the air was blue!). Fun!
Eton is very nice - very enjoyable to walk down - makes a lovely day out from London centre.
I have to say I really enjoyed touring the Windor Castle one of the Queen's official residences. On the day of my visit she was actually in but we didn't get to meet her obviously!!
It is a must see. You can tell if the Queen is in by the flag that is flying. That's my tip :-)
This is the home of the royal family and is actually just outside of London in a town called Slough. From here you take a small train that goes to the castle from the station. You can't miss it. The train leaves London out of Paddington Station.
This castle is full of very nice royal heirlooms and architecture. Worth the visit.
Windsor Castle is about 50 minutes from London, and well worth the trip. It's the epitome of a castle. Unlike some other castles, you can walk through on your own without being herded through. It was interesting to see where the famous fire was, as well. Very pretty town, and easy to get to. I'm not up on my pictures yet but it's very pretty!
Yes i guess you've heard about that, if you have the time go see that one. its a very beautiful castle and you can see a lot of the rooms and wholes where things happen while the royal family is there.
Train leaves either from waterloo or from Paddington but then you gota change at slough.
Another one of Liz's homes. Nice day trip from London. Peons can visit the state apartments and view the awesome collection of art. Plenty of cutsey shops and royal junk. Across from Windsor is Eaton where you get to see little boys wearing tuxedos to go to school.
While walking towards the entrance to the Castle, I can't help but feel the holiday mood here. It seemed like most people are more relaxed & having fun here than London city center. Quite a nice feeling :-).
Spend a day on an excursion to WINDSOR CASTLE, reputed to be one of the most romantic castle in the world.
The castle site & precints were selected by William the Conqueror for a wooden fortress in 1070.
Today, it is a treasure house of the Royal Collection which includes the Royal Library, Royal Archieves & paintings, furniture & armor.