Tours & Trails
Exploring Windsor & the Royal Borough
The Windsor and Eton area is fascinating and there are many fun ways to discover more – open top bus tours, boat trips on the River Thames, horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Great Park, cycle tours and guided kayak tours and walking tours. You can even download our free self-guided heritage trail.
The Royal Borough has a rich heritage for you to discover. Our professional and knowledgeable Blue Badge Guides have achieved the highest guiding qualification in the UK. Any group – large or small – can be guaranteed a fun and informative tour of Windsor and the local area. Individuals can join one of our Royal Windsor Town Walks which take place each Saturday and Sunday from Easter to the end of August.
Experience the Windsor area from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Two companies operate rides: Windsor Carriages in Windsor town centre and the Long Walk/Windsor Great Park and Ascot Carriages in Windsor Great Park (The Savill Garden). Carriages can also be hired for private events.
A City Sightseeing open top double-decker bus tour is a convenient, fun and interesting way to explore the Windsor and Eton area. The circular tour route lasts for 1 hour with pre-recorded English commentary. Two buses now offer multi-lingual commentary. Tickets are valid for 24 hours allowing visitors to get hop on and off the bus at the 11 stops of interest along the route. Tickets are available in person from the Royal Windsor Information Centre and via the Windsor Online Shop.
Windsor Duck Tours offer fun tours on new, purpose-built, amphibious vehicles whereby you can combine a road adventure with 'splashdown' into the River Thames.
There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the River Thames by boat. Hire a craft for an hour, a full day or longer. Experience a guided kayak tour and explore the river. Hire a luxury boat with skipper provided, or join a passenger boat with onboard commentary. The choice is yours and here are some of the options to choose.
Mind the Gap Tours offers gentle guided cycle trips across the scenic Thames Valley to arrive at Windsor Castle in style. The route is a flat 8 miles, and 99% traffic-free so it’s suitable for all ages and abilities. The bikes are easy to ride, and come replete with baskets & bells to evoke the vintage era.
The Carter Company offers gentle cycling and walking holidays – often combined with boat trips down the Thames - in and around Windsor. Day tours, short breaks and longer holidays; self-led and guided itineraries available. Our routes are unique to us, designed by locals to show you the hidden gems of the area. Great for families as they’re almost entirely traffic-free.
On 9 September 2015, The Queen became the longest reigning monarch in history: 63 years, 7 months and 3 days. In recognition of this monumental event, the Outdoor Trust is creating a new symbolic 6.373km Queen's Walkway linking 63 of the towns best attractions, parks, features and views.
Or download Windsor’s History & Parks Treasure Trail, a unique way to explore Windsor and discover its historical past. You’ll get to go to places that you may never have known existed. Can you follow the route and solve the clues?
Windsor Castle Tours
Tours of Windsor Castle and St George's Chapel are self-guided. An audio tour, which lasts approximately 2 hours, is included in the ticket price and is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Guided tours of the Castle Precincts are available at regular intervals throughout the day. Precinct tours last approximately 30 minutes and depart from the Admissions Centre. The tours are included in the ticket price.
Conquer the Tower Tours and Tours of the Great Kitchen are available in the summer months. Special tours are also available for pre-booked groups.
Escorted coach tours to Windsor
If you are basing yourself in London whilst in the UK, why not visit Windsor and Windsor Castle on an escorted coach tour?
Eton Dorney: London 2012
Up to 30,000 spectators a day enjoyed the rowing, canoe and kayak events at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Dorney Lake welcomes visitors, particularly from the local community. Their "open door" approach is being developed in the light of experience - and with the site becoming better known as a result of the 2012 Olympics. Members of the public are reminded that access may be restricted without notice to either specific areas of the site or the whole site for safety or security reasons; visit www.dorneylake.co.uk for further information.
If you have an enquiry about accessing the venue as part of a group, please email Amanda Bryett from the Blue Badge 2012 Committee.
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