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About Windsor

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – 1,000 years of Royal history, colourful events, contemporary shopping, luxury brands and fine dining.

Located 30 miles west of London, 15 minutes' drive of Heathrow Airport and easily accessible via the motorway and public transport networks, the Royal Borough offers a fantastic base to stay packed with history and heritage, quality accommodation and a scenic riverside setting.

Top attractions

Windsor Castle – the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Highlights include the richly decorated State Apartments, St George's Chapel (burial place of 10 monarchs) and Queen Mary's Dolls' House.

Windsor Great Park – majestic royal park with breathtaking views of Windsor Castle. Once part of a vast Norman hunting forest, the 5,000 acre park is now managed by the Crown Estate and is renowned for its ancient oaks, magnificent formal avenues, gardens, woodland, open grassland and the iconic Long Walk. 

Changing the Guard – this historic royal ceremony takes place throughout the year on specific days set by the British Army.  A monthly guard march schedule is posted in advance.  The ceremony is weather permitting and never takes place on a Sunday. Guards march up the High Street at 10.45am or visitors to Windsor Castle can watch the actual changing ceremony outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward at 11.00am.

Ascot Racecourse – world-famous racecourse and host to Royal Ascot, the centrepiece of the British social calendar. With races throughout the year including the £1.15 million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, family racedays and events such as the Festival of Food & Wine racing weekend.

Royal Windsor Racecourse – island location set in 165 acres of beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Thames, overlooked by Windsor Castle. Flat racing takes place from April to October with regular Monday evening fixtures and themed nights during the summer.

The Savill Garden – one of England's finest horticultural gems featuring plants from all around the world. Renowned for its spring colour, award-winning rose garden, 100 metre twin herbaceous borders and autumn displays of Japanese maples. The iconic visitor centre features a restaurant, cafe and gift shop.

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort – the ultimate in hands-on entertainment for children aged 2-12 with 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.

City Sightseeing – this hop on-hop off open top tour bus is one of the best ways to see the sights of historic Windsor and Eton. Tours begin from outside Windsor Castle and take 50 minutes. Commentary available in 10 languages.

Cliveden – glorious National Trust gardens set high above the River Thames with far-reaching views. Vibrant planting schemes and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. The giant maze and storybook themed play area are a favourite with families. 

Visitor information

www.windsor.gov.uk – official visitor website for days out and short breaks

Visitor guide – request a copy online or call the Royal Windsor Information Centre on 00 44 (0)1753 743907

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Windsor iApp – free visitor guide app for places to stay, things to do and the best places to eat and drink

Getting here

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is 30 miles west of London and within 15 minutes’ drive of Heathrow Airport. Luton and Gatwick airports are within an hour's drive.

The whole of the Royal Borough is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M4, M3, M25 and M40 and is well served by public transport including two train stations, Windsor and Eton Central, and Windsor and Eton Riverside. 

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