Britain’s known for its afternoon tea, cricket matches, and people’s ability to strike up a conversation based solely on the (typically soggy) weather – ah, quintessential Britishness! Homely British towns like Windsor, in the southeast of England, are perfect places to soak up British heritage like jam on an evenly baked Victoria sponge cake.
The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which will take place at Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018, just adds to Windsor’s picnic basketful of British charm. The town’s cobbled streets are set to fill up with well-wishers from around the world.
Of course, you’ll need an invite to attend the royal wedding ceremony (we’re still waiting on ours too). But, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the train to Windsor to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they leave Windsor Castle in a horse and carriage – we doubt there’ll be any tin cans tied to the back though!
Getting to Windsor by train is easy, trains to Windsor and Eton Riverside run regularly from London Paddington and Waterloo and the journeys less than an hour from the capital. There’s also the nearby Windsor and Eton Central train station, which is just a 10-minute walk from Windsor Castle.
Use our Ticket Alert tool to find an Advance train ticket today, to save yourself some money, and you could splash out on a cream tea in a nice café to commemorate your trip to Windsor. If you’ve got a soft spot for the royal family, Eton College is well worth a visit, as both Prince Harry and his older brother, Prince William, studied there. Other famous Eton graduates include the British actors Hugh Grant and Eddie Redmayne, and politician David Cameron. The red-brick main building is open for public visits on Friday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00 and it only costs around £10 entry.
If you can only manage a whistle-stop tour of Windsor, pop into the Alexandra Gardens and take a spin on the Royal Windsor Wheel. For £6 you can see the grounds of Windsor Castle and Eton College, as well as the River Thames and the pretty English countryside. Much like its larger cousin, the London Eye, the Royal Windsor Wheel gives you 360˚ views over the town. And, on a good day, you can see as far as London.
Wind down your afternoon with some traditional grub, like fish and chips, in one of Windsor’s pubs, like the Two Brewers or the Duchess of Cambridge. If you walk back on High Street, don’t let the Crooked House fool you into thinking you need an eye test – this small building dating back to the 17th century leans to one side comically.
Sweet-toothed visitors can get their fill of handmade fudge at the Windsor. It’s a couple of minutes’ walk from Windsor and Eton Central, and close to Windsor Gifts and Souvenirs, so it’s a good pit stop to get some sugary snacks for your train journey home, or a souvenir fit for a queen to take back with you.