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The Original Tour Windsor

Type:Bus / Coach Tour

Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PS

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Kings and Queens, past and present, enjoying the Original Tour Windsor!

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About

Hop-on board The Original Tour Windsor for an entertaining open-top bus tour of ‘London’s Country Estate', the quintessentially British and Royal town of Windsor.

The iconic Windsor Castle which sits at the heart of the picturesque area has been a family home to British Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018 and Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank there on 12 October 2018.

The bus tour also passes by the illustrious Eton College which has seen many well-known past students including 20 British Prime Ministers, members of the Royal Family such as Princes William and Harry as well as famous actors including Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

Whilst you’re in Windsor on our tours you can watch the guards march along Windsor High Street to Windsor Castle for the Changing the Guard ceremony, as well as paying a visit to Windsor Farm Shop to buy products produced on the Royal Farms or enjoy a traditional Cream Tea.

The circular route takes 60 minutes with multi-lingual commentary available in 11 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese.  Tours begin opposite the Theatre Royal, Thames Street and go past sights including Windsor Castle, Datchet Village, Eton College, Windsor Farm Shop and The Long Walk.

Buying tickets is easy: either purchase in advance online, from the Royal Windsor Information Centre or from any of our bus drivers. Please check The Original Tour Windsor website for any changes to operating dates. Tours depart every 30 minutes from April to September, and hourly in November.

The Original Tour Windsor and the travel trade

The Original Tour Windsor welcomes the travel trade, please email info@theoriginaltour.com and we will happily put you in contact with our travel trade team. We offer competitive rates to travel industry partners.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (16+)£15.00 per ticket
Child (5-15 years)£8.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£38.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Ramp/Level Access - Access by ramp to lower deck

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Dogs Accepted
  • LGBT Friendly

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - Circular tour lasts 60 minutes but your ticket gives you 24 hours unlimited access to the hop-on, hop-off route
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - Max group size per top-deck of bus is 58 passengers.
  • Min group size - 10. Groups of 20+ must be booked in advance by emailing groups@theoriginaltour.com
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Live guides can be organised when requested in advance via our groups dept – groups@theoriginaltour.com

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      55
    • Very Good
      36
    • Average
      16
    • Poor
      11
    • Terrible
      7

    Recent Reviews:

    • Twoslipsandagully
      Cambridge, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Excellent, just needs a bit of tree trimming en route!
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 30th August 2019
      We hopped on outside the castle. A very pleasant and nice driver. Given the hot weekend, we sat on the top which gave a great view. The tour commentary through the personal earphones given out when... Read full review
    • litishiab2017
      Valletta, Malta
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A day out
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th September 2019
      We had a 45 minute boat ride included in the price. The documentary was very informative for adults (in various languages) and children had their own channel to listen to. The tour covers a large... Read full review
    • DaveB4904
      hop-off before you hop-on !
      2 of 5 stars
      Monday, 16th September 2019
      Really not enough to justify the £38 we paid for 2 adults and 1 child for this short 11 stop bus tour. The trip is fairly unexciting when compared to other tours I have taken and the commentary is... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Car

    M4: Exit junction 6 for Windsor, junction 8/9 for Maidenhead

    M3: Exit junction 3 (Bagshot)

    M25: Exit junction 13 (Egham)

    M40: Exit junction 4 (Marlow) or junction 2 (Beaconsfield).

    Parking

    There are three long stay car parks in Windsor - these are cheaper (relative to other car parks in Windsor) and can be found on the Datchet Road, near Windsor & Eton Riverside Station (Romney Lock and King Edward VII Car Parks) and on Alma Road, adjacent to the Coach Park (Alexandra Gardens Car Park). All three car parks are less than a 10 minute walk to Windsor Castle and the town centre.

    Parking for disabled visitors - Blue Badge holders (disabled visitors) may park free of charge in any borough car park

    Public Transport Directions

    The Original Tour Windsor’s main departure point is opposite the Theatre Royal, Thames Street but you can start your tour from any bus stop along the route.

    To get to Windsor:

    Trains

    30 minutes from London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central with one change at Slough on Great Western Railway, or an hour direct from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside on South Western Trains.

    Park ‘n’ Ride

    A free Park 'n' Ride operates from Home Park (Romney Lock and King Edward VII) between 7am and 9pm, from Monday to Friday, approximately every 20 minutes. 

    Bus and Coach

    Heathrow Airport Bus Services: Bus route 8 operates up to every 30 minutes, providing direct services between Windsor town centre and Heathrow Terminal 5. Journey time is up to 1 hour.

    Alternatively bus route 2 operates up to every 30 minutes, from Windsor town centre and Slough Bus Station.

    From Slough to Heathrow there is bus route 7/N7, operating every 10 minutes. Total journey time is up to 1 hr 15 mins.

    Bus route 4 operates up to every 30 minutes between Maidenhead and Slough Bus Station. Again, change to bus route 7/N7 every 10 minutes for Heathrow. Journey time is up to 1 hour 30 minutes. 

    Opening Times

    2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

    * Tours operate from 1 April to end September 2019. Tour departures from every 30 minutes.

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