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Type: Towns & Villages

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a short break destination in South East England combining 1,000 years of history, contemporary shopping and fine dining with sports, leisure activities and events. Windsor will play a big part in the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations during 2016.

Windsor and The Royal Borough lie to the west of London in the charming rural countryside of Royal Berkshire. This is an exciting, fashionable and sophisticated area, rich in things to see and do with interesting walks and tours, boat trips and open top bus tours, historic gardens and world-famous racecourses. All this, together with a host of international events, makes Windsor and The Royal Borough a year round visitor destination. It’s perfect for a day trip or for a short break.

It is home to 13 attractions including Windsor Castle, Eton College, Changing the Guard and LEGOLAND Windsor. The River Thames flows through the whole of the Royal Borough and it is along or near the river that many of its historic and attractive towns and villages can be found including Bray, Eton and Maidenhead.

Whether your interest is heritage, shopping or family fun, there is plenty to see and do.  Check out the Daily Express's 10 Things to Do in Windsor. Blue Badge Guided Tours are available in Windsor.

Use our accommodation booking service to find the right place to stay – we have over 100 establishments ranging from B&Bs to luxury hotels.

8 Things to Do in Windsor

 Explore Windsor and Eton in a fun-filled and challenging game – A Scavenger Challenge organised by Team Activity Group. Teams of up to six people are challenged to reach certain goals by performing various missions around the town.  

 For a leisurely trip, join a French Brothers Cruise with unique views of Windsor Castle as well as Eton College. The 40 minute or 2 hour return trips should be on every visitors “to do” list.

 Take a walking tour with a blue badge guide to discover Windsor’s rich heritage.

 Windsor Castle is another ‘must do’. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions.

 Watch Changing of the Guard. The Guards can be watched as they march up the High Street and into the Castle, but to see the actual ‘changing’ ceremony you need to have paid to go into the Castle, you need to be positioned in the High Street at 10.50am.

 Float leisurely along the Thames and glide past the royal home of the Queen at Windsor Castle with London Kayak Tours. Enjoy the awesome view of Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited Castle in Europe.  Windsor Tours start and finish at: SL4 5JB, at the Public Slipway beside Windsor Leisure Centre. All Tours are guided by a friendly BCU Instructor. Tuition given at the beginning of Tours by a qualified British Canoe Union Instructor.

 Windsor Leisure Centre - a multi-purpose leisure centre offering fantastic health and fitness facilities. With services such as a 150 station gym, swimming pool, leisure pool, sports hall and brand new spin studio, there’s sure to be something to suit all tastes!

 Find out the history of Windsor and the other towns and villages across the borough at The Windsor & Royal Borough Museum; a small local history museum in a Grade 1 listed building completed in 1689.The collection includes a100,000 year old mammoth’s tusk, pre-historic tools,together with objects and ephemera from before Victorian times up to World War II and beyond.

Where to stay

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel

Oakley Court

Did you know?

In this country Ice Cream was first served at a banquet for the Feast of St. George at Windsor Castle in 1671. It was such a rare and exotic dish that only the guests on King Charles II's table had 'one plate of white strawberries and one plate of iced cream.' All the other guests had to watch and marvel at what the Royal table were eating. (

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