Windsor is a town in the southeast of England just 25 miles outside of London. Situated along the River Thames and home to the royal Windsor Castle, this town offers a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty fit for visitors of all ages. For a bit of outdoor recreation, stroll through Windsor's Great Park, The Long Walk, or admire rare plant species at Savill Garden. Other fun activities include spending the day at Ascot racecourse, shopping at Windsor Royal Station, or taking a family trip to Legoland.
Built during the 11th century, Windsor Castle remains one of the oldest castles that is still occupied. The castle is perhaps best known for its architecture and history as a residence to Royals. Covering more than 12 acres, the grounds include St. George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Doll House, and The Long Walk. St. George’s Chapel is esteemed as one of the most breathtaking buildings in England. The Long Walk is a three-mile long paved path lined with trees on the south side of the castle. Windsor Castle is the favorite weekend home of the Queen of England.
Castle Hill, Windsor SL4 1PD, Phone: +44-30-31-23-73-24
Legoland is an action-filled theme park designed for children between the ages of three and 12. The attractions and rides are inspired by the famous Lego toy company, which was founded in Denmark in 1932. Legoland Windsor welcomed its first visitors in 1996. Many of the offerings and features at Windsor Legoland are similar to those at other Legolands around the globe. Here, kids are unlimited in their imagination. They can pretend to be a pilot, a knight, a captain, or an explorer leading their crew on a wild adventure. With over 50 rides and attractions, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY, Phone: +44-87-12-22-20-01
3.Windsor’s Great Park
Windsor’s Great Park extends over 4,800 acres and has more than 1,000 years of history. Besides the wide array of horticulture, ancient forests and rare wildlife, there are also several historical monuments to see and experience. Many significant events in Windsor’s long history took place here. Some of those events include William the Conqueror fighting battles on this landscape, and Queen Victoria entertaining party guests near the shores of Virginia Water. Today, visitors can enjoy biking around Swinley Forest and taking a rest to bird watch in the preservation area. Or guests can take a leisurely stroll along the paths of The Valley Gardens.
The Crown Estate Windsor Great Park SL4 2HT, Phone: +44-17-53-86-02-22
The Savill Gardens were created in the 1930s as a place to grow and cultivate plants from all over the world, many of which are rare species. The gardens are arranged to display and highlight plants during each of the changing seasons. In total, there are eight distinct gardens spanning across 35 acres with names like Hidden Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, The Glades, and Autumn Wood. The atmosphere of Savill Gardens is peaceful. It’s not only a place to discover the most exotic plants from around the world, but a place to spend the day relaxing with friends.
The Crown Estate Windsor Great Park SL4 2HT, Phone: +44-17-53-86-02-22
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Ascot is a racecourse that was inspired by the late Queen Ann. In the year 1711, she was riding her horse and spotted an area that appeared well suited for a racecourse. Since the racecourse was built, it’s received numerous guests and fans looking for a memorable day out. Capacity is large enough to accommodate 3,000 people. Each year in June, there is a five day celebration at the racecourse called Royal Ascot, where tradition, pageantry and style get celebrated. A few other major events take place during the year, many of which are family friendly.
High St, Ascot SL5 7JX, UK, Phone: +44-34-43-46-30-00
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Eton College is a boys’ boarding school that was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. For centuries, Eton has been a leading independent school that focuses on academic excellence by providing a well-rounded education. More than a thousand boys from the ages of 13 to 18 attend Eton each school year. Tradition, combined with innovative and forward-thinking principles are applied to the curriculum and teaching style. Besides the strong academic setting, the school also offers and encourages participation in sports and other physical activities. The sporting environment is supportive and is a place where students can develop new skills and strengths.
Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6DW, Phone: +44-0-17-53-37-01-00
7.Cross Windsor Town Bridge
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The Cross Windsor Town Bridge is situated above River Thames and connects Windsor and the village of Eton. The need for a bridge first arose during the 1100s, at which time a wooden bridge was constructed. More than a hundred years later, in 1242, the bridge was rebuilt from local oak trees. Over the next six centuries that bridge was repaired and restored many times. Then in the early 1820s, the bridge was declared unfit. So, the Duke of York had a new iron bridge built in 1824. With its 55 feet arch, this is still the bridge standing today.
8.Open-top Bus Tour
City Sightseeing is the company that operates the open-top bus tour. The company originated in Seville, Spain during 1999 and came to the UK a year later, in 2000. Today, the company has tour buses in many countries around the world. Buses are painted bright red and has two levels. The second level is an open-top which offers easy and clear visibility. While in Windsor, one of the bus stops includes the stunning Windsor Castle. It also takes passengers by Eton College, a school that’s more than six centuries old. Finally, another popular stop is 'The Long Walk.'
9.Windsor Royal Station
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Windsor Royal Station is the premier shopping destination in Windsor. Located in the former Victorian railway station, the shopping center boasts a rich heritage. For instance, several original features from the railway station were incorporated into the design of the shopping center. Some of the more notable features include the Jubilee Arch and cobbled stone walkways. There is a mix of large name retailers along with a few small independently owned shops. Visitors will find a variety of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars in the Windsor Royal Station. Lastly, the station features a wonderful arts and crafts market.
Arch 5 Goswell Hill, Windsor SL4 1RH, Phone: +44-17-53-79-70-70
10.GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant
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GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant is managed by a family that serves African inspired cuisine. GOGOS is an African word that means grandmother. When people visit GOGOS, the owners want them to feel at home, as if their lovely granny is taking care of them. The team at GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant strives to ensure the entire dining experience, including food, drinks, and ambiance is all top-notch. Even more, the restaurant has three pillars that serve as the cornerstone of their business. The pillars are kindness, peace, and prosperity. Diners who visit GOGOS can enjoy their meal outside on decks that offer stunning views of the Racecourse Marina.
Racecourse Marina, Maidenhead Rd, Windsor SL4 5HT, Phone: +44-17-53-86-90-57
Marmara is a traditional Turkish restaurant, but also serves modern Turkish dishes to customers in a stylish and welcoming setting. A range of dishes are offered to accommodate the diversity of dietary needs. For instance, customers will find charcoal grilled meat and fish dishes, but will also find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well. During the summer months, al fresco dining is available for those who want to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine outside under the warm sun. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Marmara can help make your night out or private party a memorable event.
5 Queen Anne’s Court, Peascod St, Windsor SL4 1DH, Phone: +44-17-53-84-03-96
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Windsor Grill is a high-end steakhouse and seafood restaurant that's open for dinner service only. It's well known for its lineup of talented chefs, high-quality and locally sourced ingredients, and cozy ambiance. One of the most commonly ordered and admired meals is the Slow Cooked Pork Cheeks dish that gets seasoned and marinated in cider and Dijon mustard. Seafood dishes are also very popular, like the Fresh Crab and Scallop plates. Besides meat and fish options, the menu includes other items such as seasonal dishes, specialty cocktails, and a great wine selection. Private events for birthday celebrations, business dinners, and other parties can be arranged.
65 St Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BX, Phone: +44-17-53-85-96-58
Sebastian's Italian is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves dishes inspired by every region in Italy. The in-house chefs have many years of experience cooking fine Italian style dishes. They use this expertise to create some of the best Italian food in Windsor. Located down a small alley, this restaurant offers intimate indoor seating for its guests, as well as ‘al fresco’ dining. Sebastian’s prides itself on using the freshest ingredients possible to ensure the quality of food it serves never suffers. The menu includes many appetizers, pastas, salads, meat and fish dishes, and wood-fired oven pizzas.
2 Goswell Hill, Windsor, SL49 1RH, Phone: +44-0-17-53-85-14-18
14.The Oxford Blue
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The Oxford Blue was acquired by Chef Steven Ellis in 2015. Although set inside a country pub, the restaurant provides food, drinks, and an ambiance worthy of fine dining. As the season’s change, so does the menu. Inside, the environment is relaxed, yet sophisticated. One of Oxford Blue’s most unique features is its Wine Attic. This room is a one-of-a-kind gathering space for a celebratory event, business meeting, or a special dinner. Those who dine in the space are surrounded by different types of fine wines, have exclusive access to a private bar, and have a splendid view of Windsor’s countryside.
10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2QY, Phone: +44-0-17-53-33-10-79
Meimo's is a restaurant that specializes in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. It’s owned and managed by Abdul and Amina who have more than 20 years of experience managing restaurants. Amina is the head chef and learned how to cook from her mother while growing up in Morocco. This locals favorite serves up tasty dishes coupled with its warm and friendly service. Some of the most well-liked dishes include the Chicken or Lamb Tagine that’s seasoned with exotic spices. Other popular items include cous-cous, flatbreads, and rice plates. Meimo can accommodate small groups as well as large parties or corporate events.
69-70 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DE, Phone: +44-0-17-53-86-22-22
Gilbey's is a neighborhood bistro that first opened in 1975 by the Gilbey family. At the time, it was the only wine bar outside of London. Many guests come here to enjoy a meal, their afternoon tea, or a drink from the bar. The menu includes French and British style dishes that are paired with fine wines. Above the bistro is a newly built studio suite, that offers guest accommodation. It features a rooftop with sweeping views of Windsor Castle. There are three other accommodation options in the beautifully decorated townhouse. Finally, Gilbey’s has several private dining areas that can host up to 60 guests.
82-83 High Street, Eton, Windsor, SL4 6AF, Phone: +44-0-17-53-85-49-21
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The Boatman is the only pub located on River Thames and it’s also one of the oldest. It made its debut in 1829 in Windsor as The King Head’s, although it was often called The Donkey House by the locals because it once stabled donkeys that worked along the river. This waterfront location is incredibly beautiful, providing views of the Eton Bridge. All meals served at The Boatman are classically Bristish, yet have a modern twist. Food is fresh and always cooked on-site. While dining here, guests can choose to sit inside the restaurant, at the conservatory, or on the outdoor terrace.
10 Thames Side, Windsor, SL4 1QN, Phone: +44-0-17-53-62-00-10
18.The Greene Oak
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The Greene Oak is a neighborhood pub with a menu that changes with the seasons. James Lyon Shaw and Jamie Dobbin opened this pub after leaving the famous Ivy restaurant in London to move to Widnsor. Meat, fish, eggs, and produce arrive to the kitchen’s door daily from local family farms and businesses. Chefs of The Greene Oak have a nose to tail policy, so they butcher, age, and prepare the meat themselves in the restaurant’s kitchen. As for drink selections, there is a wide range of beers, ciders, wines, and Fenteman soft drinks to choose from.
Oakley Green, Windsor, SL4 5UW, Phone: +44-0-17-53-86-42-94
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Al Fassia is a traditional Moroccan restaurant that carries the spirit of Moroccan hospitality. Mohammed Chab opened the first Al Fassia in 1987 in Marrakech, Morocco. Mustapha Chab was Mohammed’s brother, and followed in his footsteps by opening Al Fassia in Windsor during 1996. Since Mustapha’s passing in 2017, his three children, Mouna, Madhi, and Sophia now manage the restaurant. They still carry out the same traditions imparted by their father. Not only is the food true to its Moroccan roots, but it’s also a favorite of many locals and tourists alike. Guests can expect a genuine Moroccan experience with exquisite food and welcoming service.
27 St Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3BP, Phone: +44-0-17-53-85-53-70
19 Best Things to Do in Windsor, UK
- Windsor Castle, Photo: Mistervlad/stock.adobe.com
- Legoland, Photo: Nigel/stock.adobe.com
- Windsor’s Great Park, Photo: Solomiia/stock.adobe.com
- Savill Gardens, Photo: Marc/stock.adobe.com
- Ascot, Photo: Tim Rye/stock.adobe.com
- Eton College, Photo: Chris Lofty/stock.adobe.com
- Cross Windsor Town Bridge, Photo: Chris Lofty/stock.adobe.com
- Open-top Bus Tour, Photo: AboutLife/stock.adobe.com
- Windsor Royal Station, Photo: kristina rütten/stock.adobe.com
- GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant, Photo: GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant
- Marmara, Photo: Marmara
- Windsor Grill, Photo: Windsor Grill
- Sebastian’s Italian, Photo: imagesetc/stock.adobe.com
- The Oxford Blue, Photo: The Oxford Blue
- Meimo, Photo: Meimo
- Gilbey’s, Photo: Gilbey’s
- The Boatman, Photo: The Boatman
- The Greene Oak, Photo: The Greene Oak
- Al Fassia, Photo: Al Fassia
- Cover Photo: Spiroview Inc./stock.adobe.com