What could possibly be more English than a stay in the historic market town of Windsor, the favourite weekend destination of the Queen herself? Home to beautiful parks, fabulous shopping and of course its fairytale-worthy castle, this picturesque Berkshire town is truly regal. Read our guide to the top attractions and things to do in Windsor.
Though you’re unlikely to glimpse Her Majesty hurtling top-speed on the Dragon Ride rollercoaster, head to Legoland for an enchanting day out. With scenes and UK cities built painstakingly out of Legos, this day out is escapism for the whole family.
No visit to Windsor would be complete without a glamorous day out at the Ascot Racecourse. The thrill of placing a bet on your favourite horse, clinking champagne glasses and hearing the thunder of hooves lets you feel like a royal for the day. Don your most flamboyant hat, though, or they might not let you in.
The majestic River Thames guides boaters on their merry way through Windsor’s heart, flanked by bobbing geese and the Queen’s very own swans. A wonderful way to take in its charm is from Windsor Town Bridge. Opened in 1824, the three-arched bridge joins Windsor with its neighbouring Eton. Cross on foot or cycle along to admire the view.
The fanciest school in all the land, Eton College has educated royals and politicians alike. With its upright architecture and castle-style crenellations, it’s not hard to believe that some of the country’s richest spent their school days scampering these imposing corridors. The school offers a seasonal program of guided tours and provides a true taste of how the other half lives.
For a true slice of England, there’s nothing like sitting down to a roast lunch with a refreshing pint of best bitter. Though Windsor is home to many characterful bars, the Two Brewers and the Duchess of Cambridge are among the most popular for moreish fare and thirst-quenching local beers.