On a sunny Sunday in Spring we headed over to Windsor for a day trip. It is only about a half an hour drive from where we live in West London and is the perfect setting for exploring and enjoying a day of learning about royal history!
After parking the car, we headed up towards the town and were immediately met by the beautiful views of Windsor castle. The last time we had seen this incredible view was at the wedding of Harry and Meghan on TV, so it was amazing to be there in person. Upon entering the Castle grounds, I borrowed an audio guide to find out more about this amazing Castle. I loved that there was also a fun option for children to learn more about the history of the Castle and the Royal family. I really enjoyed hearing from individuals who actually work within the castle to provide a range of different perspectives.
It was so lovely to take our time walking around the castle and we even spied a corgi in the window unfortunately it was just a toy but certainly gave us a smile! We took a walk round the royal apartments, steeped in history where the Royal family hosts extravagant events for guests from all over the world. We were also able to view the outfits for Eugenie’s wedding – they were so unique and certainly gave me some ideas! Her dress was absolutely beautiful, and she had a low back to show her scar from the major surgery that she had to treat her scoliosis. The exhibition was a lovely addition to our visit.
We were able to gift aid our ticket to Windsor castle which upon exiting meant we were able to get our tickets stamped. This enables us to return to Windsor castle within one year with free entry. This was perfect as on our visit we hadn’t been able to see elements of the castle that we would have really liked to have visited.
What did really surprise me was the shopping in Windsor, with one of the main attractions of the town being the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre. This is probably one of the most beautiful shopping centres I have ever visited, being located in a Grade II listed Victorian railway station. In 1997 additional units were built in a complementary style to the station and waiting rooms and left luggage stores were converted to modern shop units. There were a range of shops available, including high street retailers and independent boutiques. Windsor seems to be a haven for cyclists with thousands of bicycles lined up in a row as the cyclists relax with their coffee in some of the many cafes that Windsor has to offer.
For lunch we headed to our favourite, Nandos, but we were overall pleasantly surprised by the amount of food options there were available around Windsor. It really is the perfect place for families to enjoy a day trip. Everywhere was so accessible as well which was great for those with mobility issues. The only thing to be aware of is the hill that Windsor is built on but we were so busy walking at a tourist pace we did not really notice this too much.
The weather turned a little cloudier in the afternoon as we headed over the river to Eton, so we dived into the nearest Costa just as some heavy droplets of rain started to pound the pavement. The views were gorgeous, overlooking the river and I’m sure it would certainly be a very busy spot in warmer months.
For more information on Windsor visit: https://www.windsor.gov.uk/
For more information on Windsor Castle visit: https://www.rct.uk/visit/windsorcastle
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