A town with a huge amount of history
Too expensive to live in, but few cons for the tourist
A must-see for overseas visitors
When I first visited England, I made sure I take a short trip outside London. I was determined to go to Windsor. The place is not that far, it is approximately 20 miles west of Central London. Windsor Castle is situated in the English county of Bershire. The Home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.There is only one place why I went to Windsor. It is...more
Eton is a little village across the bridge from Windsor, famous for a very posh school for very rich boys and royal sons. Eton is a lot smaller than Windsor and consists mainly of a high street with some quaint old shops and cafes. At the end of the high street you can see the college the town is famous for, consisting of a number of old English...more
We saw the Changing of the Guard cermoney in the lower ward during our visit to Windsor Castle. We did not see the more famous ceremoney at Buckingham Palace, but from what I have heard, that one is hard to see due to the crowds and fence. Here you get a clear unobstructed view. The ceremoney isn't that big of a deal, really. For some reason the...more
Heading down from Windsor Castle is the Great Walk. It is several miles long in a straight line and is flanked by horse-chestnut (conker) trees. It is very beautiful in early November when the leaves are changing colours and also very beautiful in late May when the chestnut trees are all flowering. It makes a very nice stroll, and if you are really...more
This is the chapel inside the Windsor Castle walls. It was very interesting to tour! This was actually one of my favorite stops in the UK. I think part of it was that I wasn't expecting to see so many monarch tombs. Great find...beautiful place!There are many Kings and Queens buried here.Henry VI, Edward IV, Henry VIII, Charles I, George III,...more
It was very good, because if you like historic and old, royal stuff, this is the place to go. The queen Elizabeth even stays here for her holidays, but when she is the area where she stays is restricted. It has gold statues, shops, tours, amzing dolls houses and excellent gardens and information. If you want to find out about England, this is the...more
There are many walking paths around Windsor and Maidenhead. An easy walk is from the castle to Bray, just follow the river at the crossing point between windsor and Eton. There are some grassy patches where you can sit and feed the swans, watch the canal boats or even sunbathe. Unfortunately it's under the flight path so isn't very quiet.more
Tapas Bar with great atmosphere, under cover of a high Victorian Railway roof, but you feel like you're almost eating al fresco, under the warmth of patio heaters (!). Food was good, and a meal for 4 of us only cost 60GBP with wine..you just choose a couple of small dishes each. (I preferred it to the Tapas I tried in Spain!... so maybe not that authentic - but less oily)
Favorite Dish: My favourite was the lamb casserole...
Dinner time in England (and in small towns especially) is really EARLY, compared to south Europe habits (Italy in my case).... about 6 or 7 pm !!
So... if you can risk to find all the restaurants and kitchens closed already at 9pm !!!
Well, not so off the beaten path for locals, but I've only just done it and I've lived in the area all my life! It's very beautiful and romantic.
After your tired of the castle and shops walk past the statue of Queen Victoria, pass Christopher Wrens Guild Hall on the left towards Sheet Street and you will come to a little road off to the left that leads to the real front gates of the Castle. You pass one of the best pubs in the area. Just past the pub ( 2 brewers from memory) turn right up the walk, and walk and walk all the way up to the Copper horse.
If your lucky the Queen will pass you in a car or a carriage on her way to the Lodge in Windsor Great Park. If your there in Royal Ascot week you definitely will see her if you time it right. Either way take a picnic on a summers day and keep looking back for miles as the Castle gets smaller. Best free thing to do in Windsor.
Fondest memory: Having too much to eat and drink in the excellent Tapas Bar in the old converted Royal Station, excellent.