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What travelers to Windsor are saying

Had only had a short visit 10 years ago so it was great to explore more. Enjoyed a fabulous two hour river cruise and found a great local pub and a fabulous restaurant. Both within walking distance of the hotel.
Susi M. 20 Jul 2015

Windsor Rundown

Windsor is best known for Windsor Castle, HRH’s London residence and her favourite. You can tell whether she’s at home – when she’s in, the Royal Standard flies over the Round Tower and when she’s out, the Union Flag flies there instead. And who wouldn’t want a night in here in order to view one’s incredible collection of art in the State Rooms – Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto and the odd Gainsborough. Windsor Castle also has a ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony where many have tried and many have failed to get the guards to drop their guard.

The Theatre Royal is Windsor’s splendid Victorian theatre which stages a big variety of touring productions – many of them pre or post West End - and there are always some big names prepared to Panto so get ready to shout ‘behind you’ if you’re visiting at Xmas. Those in search of nightlife should head for the arches – pubs, clubs and bars gathered together inside old Victorian railway arches. Make sure to pop into The Old Kings Head which bears a plaque recording the warrant for the execution of Charles I in 1648 and is said to be where William Shakespeare wrote the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Windsor’s Top 10

10. Windsor Great Park Allegedly the ghost of Herne the Hunter rides his phantom black stallion, hell hounds in tow, here. Enough to put anyone off their picnic.

5. Royal Windsor Racecourse If racing be the sport of Kings then surely it’s good enough for you.

9. French Brothers Ltd Take a Thames trip up to Hampton Court Palace or Maidenhead.

4. The Savill Garden A series of gardens within a garden – inspiring.

8. The Royal Windsor Wheel Offers spectacular 360 degree views from 60 metres up. 12 minutes is time enough to find out if you have vertigo or not.

3. Legoland Windsor is one of the UK’s top attractions. 55 rides and plenty of LEGO bricks.

7. St George’s Chapel was built in 1475 (ish) and is the burial place of no less than 10 sovereigns.

2. Eton College Prime installer of the British ‘stiff upper lip’.

6. The Orchard Poyle Horse Drawn Carriages 30 minutes but if you’re really keen to show off take the one hour tour.

1. Guildhall is on Windsor High Street and built by Sir Christopher Wren (can’t be awful then).

Windsor Events

The Royal Windsor Horse show is held each May in the grounds of Windsor Castle and simply must be attended.

The Royal Swan Upping is an annual census of swans on the Thames (did you know that swans in the UK are the property of the crown?)

The Windsor Festival is an annual event considered one of the most exciting of its kind in the country and takes place in September/October.

The Real Ale and Hog Roast Festival is held during August at Windsor Racecourse. Pig out on beer and well, pigs.

Oh yes its Ladies Night during the month of July at Royal Windsor Racecourse. Get all dolled up and prepare to shine.

Windsor Farmers’ Market at St Leonard’s Road, brings you fresh, seasonal food in July.

Open Air Theatre at The Savill Garden is a fabulous summer event which takes place during August.

Head to Legoland Windsor in October for its annual Halloween Brick or Treat Fireworks Spectacular (bricks – geddit?) in October.

Race for Life Windsor helps raise funds for cancer research, starts at Windsor Racecourse in July and now in its 17th year.

The Windsor Dragon Boat Festival is now in its fifth year, a Thames event which takes place in September.

When to Go

· During the summer months Windsor can get quite hot – spring and autumn are excellent times to plan a sightseeing trip though with temperatures comfortable and plenty of sunshine. Winters have their fair share of cold, frosty days, so pack plenty of warm clothing if visiting during this period.

· Summer temperatures level out at around 22°C during the daytime and 11°C or so at night. During the winter months of December and January expect temperatures of between 0 and 7°C.

· Winters tend to be damper than summers but British weather is well known for its unpredictability so pack accordingly.

Getting There

· Windsor is right next door to the M4 motorway, and close to the M25 making it highly accessible by road. The journey time into central London is around one hour.

· Windsor has two railway stations, Windsor and Eton Central (A.K.A. Royal Windsor Station) and trains run from Slough into London Paddington, a journey which takes around an hour.

· Windsor is close to Heathrow International airport where you can get a flight to just about anywhere. Taxis, trains and buses run from Heathrow into Windsor – black cabs are a luxury though at around £30 for a one way trip. The Heathrow Express runs a fast and frequent service though.

Hotels in Windsor

Recommended hotels

From US$182

1 Macdonald Windsor Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 11 reviews

23 High Street Map

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, offering excellent lodging and exclusive business facilities, is an ideal option for business and leisure travellers. This hotel boasts a location in a suburban town in the... More

July Stay
Beautiful hotel in an amazing location - right in the heart of Windsor and the castle is only a stone's throw away. Only slight down fall was the parking which is a little too expensive at £28 per...
3 Aug 2014
From US$93

2 Holiday Inn Express WINDSOR

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

71 Alma Road Map

Holiday Inn Express WINDSOR Hotel is the perfect base when exploring the many attractions around us and in London. Stay relaxed in the modern, contemporary rooms or at the bar following a full day... More

Last nights!
We booked in for our last two nights before flying home. Enjoyed our stay. A word of advice, if offered a floor, 1 2 or 3, take 3. My mistake taking 1 as above us a guest paced his or her floor for...
21 Jul 2015
From US$179

3 Sir Christopher Wrens House Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Thames Street Map

Offering a favourable location and relaxing atmosphere, this attractive property is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Windsor. GeneralThe Sir Christopher Wren's House Hotel and Spa... More

Perfect location
Great location in this beautiful town. Our room overlooked the Thames and we could walk to Windsor Castle, Eton, boat tours, restaurants, pubs, shopping. Perfect location if transitting through...
11 Sep 2014
From US$165

4 Clarion Collection Harte and Garter Hotel and Spa

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

31 High Street Map

With its unique combination of heritage, location and tradition, the Harte & Garter Windsor Hotel is one of a kind, equipped with all the modern comforts and facilities and has a character and... More

From US$202

5 Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery Collection

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

18 High Street Map

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

With its privileged location near the main gates of Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel and with unrivalled views of the Changing of the Guard procession, the Mercure Castle Hotel Windsor is just the... More

Good Price and Location
Was my second stay at hotel. First stay 3 months ago with spouse and now solo travel. Room assigned was same as I had with spouse, at that time the bed (a double) was very small. For single person...
26 Mar 2014
From US$72

6 Copthorne Hotel Slough Windsor

4 stars
3.9 / 5 11 reviews

400 Cippenham Lane Map

Book Early & Save 15%

Copthorne Hotel Slough Windsor is a modern and stylish hotel that boasts of the best of the facilities and features. GeneralGuests on business can avail the on-site conference facilities for... More

Business Class Hotel - Needs some updating
Good Solid hotel. Excellent Reception staff - They are friendly & efficient. Bar staff need some retraining in customer service. rooms a little tired- well worth upgrading to a superior of club...
21 Apr 2015
From US$81

7 Holiday Inn Express SLOUGH

4 stars
2.5 / 5 2 reviews

Mill Street Map

The Express by Holiday Inn Slough is a superbly located Business and Leisure Hotel situated in the heart of the Town Centre. GeneralAt your free time you can visit places of interest like the... More

Proximity to Railroad
The overall average is good. The best I really liked is the close location to Slough railroad which takes me dirct to London. However it is not close to the airport and there are no hotel bus thak...
30 Aug 2014
From US$84

8 Holiday Inn SLOUGH - WINDSOR

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Church Street,Chalvey Map

Offering a warm welcome, outstanding service and friendly staff, the Holiday Inn Slough Windsor is a prefect place to reside for an wonderful vacation. GeneralThe offers well equipped meeting... More

business trip
The hotel met my expectations, it was just for one night, and was comfortable, the facilities were adequate for my requirements.
31 Aug 2015
From US$61

9 Thames Riviera Hotel

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Bridge Road Map

Located on the banks of the River Thames, The Thames Riviera Hotel Maidenhead provides comfortable lodging and full-service amenities for its guests. The hotel is a 30-minute train journey from... More

nice weekend
we had a nice weekend/great weather.very relaxing.
25 Aug 2015
From US$107

10 Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

Ditton Road, Langley Map

Rate includes breakfast

Offering all he amenities the Heathrow Windsor Marriott is the ideal place to reside for all travellers. GeneralThe hotel offers 21 meeting rooms for business gatherings and seminars. At the end... More

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