Keep the family happy, come rain or shine, and you’re on to a winner!
There is plenty to do in and around the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to keep children and adults entertained.
Read on for some great ideas for days out, things to do and activities – indoors and outdoors. Tickets for many local attractions and events can be purchased via our online shop or picked up from the Royal Windsor Information Centre.
Don’t forget to check our What's On pages for our seasonal programme of Windsor and Maidenhead town centre events.
Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. It’s also a working castle with many people living here and soldiers guarding! Learn more from the complimentary audio guide (there’s one especially for children and families) and discover a regular programme of activities such as talks, themed trails, workshops, arts and crafts.
Motion Simulation Room
Newly opened and perfect for older children and adults (drivers must reach height 1.5m minimum) is Motion Simulation Room, the UK's best and most realistic racing car driving simulator experience. Each of the six professional simulators generate up to 2G of acceleration with lifelike heave, pitch and roll! The wraparound screen makes the whole experience incredibly realistic and immersive.
A unique riverside location makes Windsor Leisure Centre one of the finest facilities in the area. 25-metre, 6-lane fitness pool. Leisure Pool with wave machine, giant slides, water features, interactive water play feature and Spa Pool. It is great all round family fun and when you are finished you can grab a bite to eat in the cafe.
Maidenhead’s superb Magnet Leisure Centre has a 25-metre pool with family fun pools. There is a café for lunch and lots of organised activities for the little ones during the summer school holidays.
The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture offers a Kids’ Club and children’s workshops for all ages. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts offers theatre for children as young as three, with productions during school holidays and at regular points throughout the year. The Centre runs dance and drama classes on a termly basis as well as fun events and workshops in the school holidays.
Enjoy a trip to one of our local museums.
The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum is an accredited, family-friendly and accessible small local history museum in Windsor’s impressive 17th-century Guildhall. Come and discover the history of the town and the local area and listen to the stories of people who lived and worked here.
During the school holidays there are drop-in family activities for children ages 5+. We also run a series of day-long events throughout the year which are suitable for families. Please email or call the museum on 01628 685686 for more details.
For budding David Attenboroughs, the Eton College Natural History Museum is a family-friendly museum that opened in 1875 to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and other collections. It’s been located in its present site since 1895. It now houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards.
Or how about flying a spitfire simulator at Maidenhead Heritage Centre? It’s part of a superb permanent exhibition called ‘Grandma Flew Spitfires!’ which tells the forgotten but incredibly important story of the Air Transport Auxiliary’s role in World War II. The museum also has displays and exhibitions about other aspects of local history including Roman Maidenhead and the great Victorian engineer Brunel.
Enjoy bowling and interactive laser games at Tenpin Maidenhead, next to Magnet Leisure Centre.
The double level track at Absolute Karting Maidenhead is as awesome as indoor karting gets. Their fleet of powerful and state-of-the-art 270cc karts are perfect to power you up the ramp to the second deck. As you fly round the bends, through the chicanes and down the ramp, get ready on the brakes – you’re going to need them!
Phoenix Gym offers flexible drop-in play sessions for under 5 during the school holidays. No booking required; just turn up for an hour’s play.
Braywick Nature Centre
In Maidenhead, Braywick Nature Centre offers a variety of scheduled events and workshops as well as daily activities that are both fun and educational. Learn about the environment surrounding the Thames and all parts of the ecosystem
Windsor Great Park
You can access Windsor Great Park if you’re in Windsor town centre simply by walking down Park Street through the gates into the Long Walk – a beautiful, wide, tree-lined avenue that runs miles from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse statue. It’s perfect for picnics, ballgames and relaxing with friends and family.
Windsor Great Park as a whole covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. There are various car parks (fees apply to some so please check in advance) and entry points/gates to Windsor Great Park. The Savill Garden is the only area you have to pay to see.
There are refreshment points at the Savill Building and the Virginia Water Pavilion plus mobile cafes at various stops on popular visitor routes. The Savill Building also has a restaurant and gift shop and a nearby play area for young children.
Find out more about enjoying Windsor Great Park on foot and by bike, and about their annual events programme.
Bray Lake Watersports
Want to do something that is fun and exciting? Something that is challenging, rewarding and cool? Well look no further! Bray Lake Watersports has introduced thousands of young people to watersports, many of them returning to sail, windsurf or kayak at the centre for years.
From feeding the swans at the water’s edge to climbing aboard a boat or paddling a kayak, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames that falls within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Walk or cycle along the Thames Path, stop for a picnic, visit the attractions en route – the choice is yours! Hire a boat for 30 minutes or a few days – the kids (and the adults!) will love it.
Slow down the pace and take a horse-drawn carriage ride from either Windsor Town Centre or The Savill Building. Windsor Carriages and Ascot Carriages will take you and the family on a relaxing tour to remember.
A great way to see the local area with children in tow is to take a City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour. See the sights from the top deck, hop off at the various stops along the way.
The Guard March is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor and children will adore watching and marching alongside the soldiers and their band (weather permitting) as they travel between Victoria Barracks and Windsor Castle. Best place to view this ceremony is along the High Street or on the Corn Exchange (the covered part of Windsor Guildhall). Check the guards are marching by looking at the Guard March schedule.
Nesteled high above the River Thames with far-reaching views, the National Trust's gardens at Cliveden capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Colourful planting schemes give way to miles of woodland and riverside walks whilst the giant maze and storybook themed play area are a favourite with families. Check out the programme of events. National Trust Members and under 5s go free.
Legoland is hands-on entertainment for children aged 3-12 years. Over 50 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.
Chessington World of Adventures offers all the screams, thrills and spills and adventurer could wish for!
Thorpe Park is one of Europe’s most exciting theme parks!
Both Ascot Racecourse and Royal Windsor Racecourse have family days during their racing calendar as well as hosting non-racing events such as the Red Bull Air Race and fireworks – check their websites for all the family entertainment on offer.
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Set in 2,600 acres of Crown Estate woodland at Bracknell with walks, trails and orienteering adjoining the centre, the Look Out offers a hands-on science and nature exhibition, picnic area, free children’s play area, gift shop, coffee shop and mountain bike hire.
Swing by Swinley Forest and live life even more adventurously at Go Ape with tree top adventures and forest segway.
Town Centre parks and open spaces
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has lots of parks and open spaces.
Favourites include Ockwells Park, Ray Mill Island and Kidwells Park in Maidenhead and Bachelor’s Acre and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor.
The Queen’s Walkway
This new walking route (in place since September 2015 to mark the occasion of The Queen becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch) was opened by The Queen on her 90th birthday, 21 April 2016. The information panel she unveiled is located at the foot of Castle Hill.
The Queen's Walkway is a symbolic 6.373km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days (one day more than Queen Victoria's reign) and links 63 of Windsor's best attractions, features and views.
Extreme Motion, Alexandra Gardens
On the river front, Alexandra Gardens is home of Extreme Motion. For a fun-packed day for all the family, the adventure park offers a skate park, bike hire, adventure golf, bungee trampoline and Zorbing excitement in Sphere World. Hire bikes, get your maps and explore for miles on cycle paths and routes around Windsor, Eton and the surrounding areas. At the Skate Shop there is a range of bikes, skateboards, skates and clothes on offer.
Among many activities at Liquid Leisure, there’s a new aqua park – an inflatable playground guaranteeing endless fun for all the family.
After a busy day exploring the local attractions and checking out what's on, what could be better than kicking back and enjoying some downtime at a local hotel or B&B.
There is lots of choice for families – from a wide range of hotels, including budget, themed, modern, traditional and five star, to cosy, comfortable bed and breakfasts, camping and caravan sites and home-from-home self-catering accommodation.
Visit our accommodation pages to find out more about how to book and don't forget to visit or contact the Royal Windsor Information Centre for information on how to get tickets for many local attractions and events. They are there to make your visit a really happy one.
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Taplow, Nr Maidenhead
Relax in the informal spendour of Cliveden's stunning gardens and enjoy exploring the peaceful woodlands and Thames riverbank. Discover a garden that delights through the seasons with colourful planting schemes, miles of walks and breathtaking views as well as a giant maze that will entertain all...
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Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. It was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot (in those days called East Cote). Whilst out riding near Windsor Castle she came upon an area of open heath that looked, in her...
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The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park where children aged 2 -12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.
It has over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, not to mention a staggering...
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Enjoy a unique and memorable horse drawn carriage experience with Windsor Carriages, the last Hackney Carriage Company in England to have retained the 1654 Hackney Carriage license granted by Oliver Cromwell and still used on a horse drawn carriage to this day. In 1849, Queen Victoria,...
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Set in 165 acres of stunning countryside on the banks of the Thames and in the shadow of Windsor Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse is the perfect place to be on a summer's evening. The friendly and exciting atmosphere makes for a memorable and thrilling experience each and every time. Flat racing...
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Country / Royal Park
Wick Lane, Englefield Green
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost...
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Bus / Coach Tour
Visit Windsor and see the breath-taking sights and attractions on board one of our open top double decker buses. Windsor is packed with plenty of things to see, tickets are valid for 24 hours allowing visitors to get on and off the bus at the 11 hop-on-hop-off stops that are of interest along the...
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Built on the site of a dairy farm, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is an entertainment venue for performance and participation. The programme of events includes gigs, theatre, visual arts, comedy, classical concerts and family shows.
Film screenings include Hollywood blockbusters, art house,...
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The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland.
Developed under the patronage of Kings and Queens, The Savill Garden was created in the...
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French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead. Choose from a short return trip or a full-day cruise.
French Brothers won 'Best Inland Canal/Riverboat Operator' in the 2016 Group Travel Awards. French Brothers have Tripadvisors' certificate of...
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Windsor & Maidenhead
Fringilla Boat Services operates four boats on the River Thames offering you perfect venues for small birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, corporate drinks receptions or carriage to and from the local riverside hotels and restaurants such as Boulters, The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck, The Hinds...
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This beautiful Edwardian theatre nestles between Windsor Castle and the River Thames and is the only unsubsidised producing theatre to operate all year round in Britain.
Our repertoire is wide, ranging from the classics and traditional pantomimes to first productions of new work.
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Learn all about the history of Maidenhead AND fly in a Spitfire simulator at this little gem of a museum!
The history of Maidenhead can be told through its River, its Roads and its Railway, for the fortunes of the town depend largely on transportation and communications.
In its permanent and...
The Windsor & Royal Borough Museum is a registered/accredited, family-friendly and accessible small local history museum in a Grade 1 listed building completed in 1689. Come and discover the history of the town and the area. Listen to the stories of people who lived and worked here.
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Datchet, Nr Windsor
Kris Cruisers operates a fleet of fully equipped luxury holiday boats on the River Thames with boats sleeping between 2 and 10 people. We are members of the Visit England Grading Scheme and all of our boats have been awarded either 4 or 5 stars. They are available for hire from as little as a 3 or...
Carriage Rides in Windsor Great Park with Ascot Carriages. Travel through the Windsor countryside away from traffic, and relax & unwind as you discover the area from the comfort of an elegant horse-drawn carriage. Your carriage driver/guide can provide history and lesser known facts about this...
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The museum was opened in 1875 to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and other collections and has been located in its present site since 1895. It now houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards. Initially, the museum belonged to Eton College Natural...
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Come and experience Windsor Duck Tours' incredible live guided tours of Windsor. Your road adventure begins in the heart of Windsor, taking in the historical sights, before 'SPLASHDOWN' into the River Thames, travelling downstream to Windsor with unique views of Windsor Castle and Eton.
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Welcome to London Kayak Tours.
We operate some fabulous and fun kayaking trips in Windsor and London. Enjoy a unique experience and a great day out, suitable for both experiences kayakers or novices.
Prices start at £39.99 - Kayak yourself, or give as a gift experience.
All of our...
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Laserium/Audio Visual/Virtual Reality
Welcome to Motion Simulation Room – the UK's best and most realistic full motion racing experience!
Motion Simulation Room offers a unique racing car driving simulator experience.
We offer individuals, groups and corporate guests, a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of a range...