Visit the home of the British Monarch in Windsor, England

April 29, 2019

by Ashleigh Smart

Windsor – steeped in British Royal history throughout its buildings and streets, regularly the residence of Her Majesty the Queen and the new home to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at Frogmore Cottage.

How to get to Windsor?

Windsor is a rather quick train ride from Paddington Station – 17 minutes on the express or about half an hour on a normal train. The express train will take you straight to Slough, followed by a 6-minute train to Windsor and Eton Central where you find yourself in the heart of Windsor and only a 50m walk to the Travelodge for comfortable budget accommodation.

So, what to do and see in Windsor?

Windsor Castle 

By far, the biggest attraction and highlight of this stunning town would be Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Home to Her Majesty the Queen on many of her weekends, and recently the magnificent location of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

One entrance to the Windsor Castle featuring the town’s Christmas Tree.

The Round Tower displaying Her Majesty’s flag when she is in residence.

Just inside the castle grounds entrance and where the magic begins…

Inside the magnificent grounds. Nearby are the State Apartments and Queen Anne’s Dolls House.

Changing of the Guards – make sure you’re around at the right time of day to see it from the inside!

Before you leave the castle grounds, don’t forget to enter one of the beautiful shops and take away some royal memorabilia – everything from stuffed Corgis to Her Majesty’s tea, French Wine, chocolate, embroidered tea towels or any number of royal books.

St George’s Chapel

St George’s Chapel – famously known for the 2018 Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The famous location of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a place of worship for Her Majesty and the Royal Family as well as a church serving the local community, and was constructed in 1475 by Edward IV and was completed by Henry VIII. Well worth a visit to see the magnificent interior, attend a service or just admire the history amongst the many tombs and resting places of the royal family including King George V & Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The Crooked House of Windsor

 Located at the top of the High Street and just outside the Windsor Castle, is the gravity defying ‘Crooked House of Windsor’. Built during 1592 and currently, a jewelry store called Jersey Pearl, but has previously been a butcher shop and tea house, while hiding a mysterious passageway under the basement thought to lead directly into Windsor Castle to deliver fresh vegetables from the original market square…

The Long Walk

The top of the Long Walk – entrance to the Windsor Castle.

The magical Long Walk during Winter, with sparse rows of Elm trees.

 Look to the left of the Long Walk and you might be able to spot Harry and Meghan’s house in the castle grounds called ‘Frogmore Cottage’.

The Copper Horse – George III and erected in 1831, marking one end of the Long Walk.

The Long Walk is the only place I know that has as much beauty in Winter as it does in Spring, Summer or Autumn. Don’t forget to venture to The Copper Horse statue at the end (a 4.2km walk one way), and keep a lookout for the herd of 500 deer within the deer park.

What to eat in Windsor?

Windsor has every type of food, restaurant, pub or cafe you could ever be looking for!

Some of my favorites include:

  • Duchess of Cambridge – a pub overlooking the castle with fantastic British pub food, drinks, and atmosphere.
  • Prince Harry – also near the castle, and who wouldn’t go to a pub renamed after the Prince before his wedding day!
  • Bluegrass – an American burger place with literally the best burgers and ‘Frickles’ (fried pickles) you’ve ever eaten.
  • Over the Eton bridge, Cote Brasserie is a beautiful French restaurant overlooking the River Thames.
  • Sel et Sucre – a deliciously French cafe, where you are surrounded by pink roses as you eat some of the most delicious waffles, crepes or baguettes.
  • Madam Posh – again French and surrounded by roses, with amazing breakfast, coffee, afternoon tea desserts, and high tea!

The list doesn’t end there, I’ve barely even touched the sides of what food Windsor has to offer!

What else is there to do in Windsor?

Windsor is a tourist’s playground lined with nature, an abundance of shopping, every type of food you could ever want, British culture and steeped in Royal history. Other recommended experiences include:

  • Exploring the grounds of the Great Park beyond the Long Walk and the Deer Park.
  • Taking a boat cruise up the River Thames, or hire your own boat!
  • Feeding the swans, property of Her Majesty the Queen!
  • Crossing the bridge to Eton and visiting its many restaurants and shops at any time of day. Don’t forget to keep walking until you reach Eton College.
  • Take a tour of Windsor and Eton Brewery and taste their many beers.
  • Eat a Sunday Roast at one of the many English Pubs.
  • Take just about any tour you could want around the town!
  • Just walk around and enjoy what this magical town has to offer, whether its shopping or food you’re after, the only problem you will have is deciding where to go!

The majestic swans and ducks on the River Thames.

Honestly, of all the places I have been in England over the past year and a half, Windsor is still by far my favorite place to be. It never fails to amaze me with its natural beauty, an abundance of things to do, or just being able to admire the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. If you are looking for a place steeped in history and British culture, Windsor is the place to be – I promise you’ll love it!

Ashleigh Smart

By Ashleigh Smart

Hi! I am a 27-year-old Australian teacher who made the great migration across the ocean to teach in the UK, and while teaching is one of the hardest and least appreciated jobs in the history of mankind, it is also my passion - inspiring children to dream big. To fuel their passions and be all that they can imagine! Because the best decision I ever made, was to stop living small and that has led me to live in one of the most ideal locations on the planet - English speaking and just a hop, skip and a jump and I'm in Europe and the world becomes my oyster. While we manage to fit 365 days worth of work into 200, this means we are left with 12 weeks of blissful adventure tome to explore and share with the rest of the world...

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