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.
Getting to Windsor by train is easy, trains to Windsor and Eton Riverside run regularly from London Paddington and Waterloo and 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.
About Windsor Castle
Originally built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, Windsor Castle now houses around 500 people and was the venue for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex respectively) on May 19th 2018.
Royal Weddings at Windsor Castle
The marriage of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle was the latest in a long line of Royal nuptials and unions to take place at Windsor Castle. Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones got married here in 1999 and in 2008, the union of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles was also held at the Castle.
Getting to Windsor Castle by train
There are two major train services to Windsor:
- Slough to Windsor & Eton Central services provided by Great Western Railway
- London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside run by South Western Railway
If you are travelling from the direction of Reading or London Paddington we recommend you change at Slough for the shuttle service to Windsor & Eton Central. The service will be running every 20 minutes and will have extra carriages.
If you are travelling from the London area you should use South Western Railway services from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside. There are four services per hour leaving at 20, 28, 50 and 58 minutes past the hour.
Windsor and Maidenhead,
Tel: +44 (0)303 123 7334
Opening times depend on the season. The castle is sometimes closed - more information at the Royal Collection website.
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