Enjoy some retail therapy
Shopping in Windsor & Maidenhead
Is shopping your passion? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Retail therapy is one of the top reasons to come to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants for ‘fuel stops’ and people watching!
Easy to get to, easy to get round!
Arriving by train? Both of Windsor and Eton’s railway stations are centrally located for the town’s shopping areas.
Coming by car? Head for a long-stay car park where a day’s parking is more economical.
Elegant and distinctly well-heeled, the Royal Borough offers a wealth of good shopping opportunities, whether you’re after original handmade items, vintage gems, quality high-street goods or lush plants for your house or garden.
And the compact town centres means you can easily explore on foot.
Windsor and Eton
At the heart of Windsor and Eton is Windsor Royal Shopping, a mostly covered area that occupies the site of an 1850s railway station: you can still see Queen Victoria’s royal waiting room.
From Windsor Royal Shopping, steps lead down to King Edward Court, a pedestrian-friendly collection of good high-street standards including two floors of fashion and beauty heaven at Fenwick Windsor, Daniels of Windsor department store and independent family-run jewellers Anthony Paul Design Goldsmiths.
Peascod Street, the car-free road that runs down the hill directly opposite the Castle, has more high-quality high street brands including Super Dry and Karen Millen. You might want to pop into vintage store Really Me at no 44 which sells clothing, accessories, furniture, bric-a-brac, books and vinyl and also helps fund Thames Valley Hospicecare.
Lower Peascod Street and St Leonard’s Road are where Windsorians love to shop. Here you’ll find a part of town where cosy cafes meet traditional crafts and fine foods, with a bit of fashion thrown in for good measure.
The High Street, Thames Street and the 17th-century Windsor Guildhall enjoy a scenic location beneath the Castle, and specialist shops entice visitors with local jewellery, pottery - Talents of Windsor stocks the largest collection of Moorcroft pottery in the south of England - and woollens, as well as royal regalia in the form of souvenirs.
Stroll from here across the bridge over the Thames and you’ll come to Eton High Street, leading towards the famous Eton College – you can’t miss the pupils in their chalk-stripe trousers, tailcoats and wing-collared shirts.
Aside from the school, Eton is renowned for its art and antique shops and appealing small family businesses, including jewellers, bookshops and gift shops. On the mile-long strip of shops between the Thames and Eton College you can browse for original paintings, prints and photography, haute couture and leather goods.
Don’t miss Jam Eton, a gallery that’s simply brimful with carefully selected artwork, jewellery, ceramics and glass from both established and collectable designer-makers, to those making a name for themselves at the fashion and design shows. It’s original, beautiful, handmade and almost always British.
There are even bespoke tailors, as well as plenty of traditional pubs and eating places to stop and refuel.
Out of town
The shop proudly sources most of its products – from gourmet food to kids’ games – from across the UK, and they favour fairtrade, organic and charitable suppliers. Keen gardeners will be drawn to the outdoor plant area with plants lovingly nurtured in the Savill Garden itself, and you’ll find gifts, books and maps, bespoke stationery and Windsor Great Park preserves. Round off a trip with tea and a homemade cake in the Savill Garden Restaurant.
Neighbouring Maidenhead is dependable for high street shopping: the Nicholsons Centre has everything under one roof, plus occasional themed events and kids entertainment.
At the other end of the scale, the picture-postcard villages of Ascot, Cookham, Sunninghill and Sunningdale offer fine boutiques, arts and crafts stores, florists and wine merchants.
And if you’re on the foodie trail, head to the Windsor Farmers’ Market on St Leonard’s Road (1st Saturday of the month). You can browse stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, as well as meat, fish, game and specialist breads and cakes. The market also pops up at Ascot (3rd Sunday of the month) and Maidenhead (2nd Saturday of the month).