In celebration of the Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch on 9 September 2015 (63 years, 7 months to be precise), The Queen’s Walkway was officially opened.

It takes in 63 of the town’s most popular attractions over 6.3km and is well worth doing if you’re visiting the town. It’s easy to follow and you’ll really get to see what makes Windsor so special.

I love doing the walk – but which bits of it are my favourite? There are many attractions you can see along the way in Windsor – so here are six top tips to keep an eye out for on the Queen’s Walkway.

Church Street

Located a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle, it’s worth checking out Church Street and the area known as Guildhall island. It’s is a popular place to visit for lunch or even just a cup of tea and a little walk.

The stunning medieval cobbled streets hark back to an age gone by, and located in the centre is Church Street Gardens, the smallest public space in Windsor.  This is the perfect spot to stop for a sit down and watch the world go by.

Once you’ve left Church Street, head to…

The Long Walk

One of my favourite places in the UK, if not the whole world – the Long Walk is magical. With the castle proudly sitting at the top, this tree-lined path is worth checking out no matter what the season.

It’s a unique area surrounded by beauty and tranquillity, and should be at the top of any visitor’s list. Why not walk the full 3 miles to the Copper Horse and admire one of the county’s best views?

Divert off the Long Walk and take a cheeky stop off at my favourite road in Windsor.

Adelaide Square

While not officially on the Queen’s Walkway route, this little detour is well worth it if you’re into architecture, or just love historic, quaint streets.
Walk past the Royal Adelaide Hotel in pastel blue and you’ll discover something truly magical.

Adelaide Square is a very quiet residential road just off Kings Road and adjacent to the Long Walk.

While technically not a square, this gorgeous row of terraced Georgian houses looks like it’s been plucked out of a storybook.

And the best time to visit?  In the springtime when the stunning Wisteria is out on display.

Head back onto the main walkway until you get half way up Alexandra Road.

Prince Consort Cottages

As you approach the top end of Alexandra Road, you will discover a quaint little courtyard of houses on your right.

Prince Consort Cottages have a rather impressive history – the houses here were built under the direction of Prince Albert and were designed for farmworkers. He even regularly visited the homes being built.

The stunning red brick houses sit round a stunning little courtyard. Each house has its own wooden picket fence and there’s a beautiful willow tree in the middle – a truly tranquil and unique spot to visit!

St Leonard’s Road/Grove Road

Wander up Grove Road and admire the beautiful Georgian architecture. Once at the top of Grove Road, explore St Leonard’s Road, a boutique high street full of independent shops and cafes.

Don’t forget to check out some of the boutique shops further up the road!

There’s even a fabulous farmers’ market here on the first Saturday of every month.

Wander back towards the castle – explore Peascod Street with all the shops, and head back past the castle and down towards the river.

Alexandra Gardens/The River Thames

If you’re seeking total tranquillity and relaxation, the pathway along the river Thames and Alexandra Gardens are well worth checking out.

A gentle stroll along the Thames and you will encounter boats, ducks and swans. You can also explore Baths Island, which can be accessed close to the Leisure Centre.


Alexandra Gardens is located next to the river. It’s a really popular spot in the summer so you’ll need to get there early to bag the best spots!

The park has been here since 1902, and boasts a beautiful side-on view of the castle.
There’s also a fabulous bandstand and in the warmer months you'll hear a variety of bands performing here.

And finally…

Head back to where it all started. The famous Windsor Castle!

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