Windsor

County: Berkshire

Home to the largest, oldest, continuously inhabited castle in the world

About:

Windsor Castle is the largest, oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world, and one of the Queen's favourite residences. And at only 25 minutes from Heathrow Airport, makes this an ideal layover destination. However there is more to Windsor than an 800 year old castle, and depending on how much time you have, you will be able to explore the town with its 17th century guildhall, the shortest street in England, a wide variety of shops and plethora of eating places. Or perhaps you would like to explore Windsor Great Park or take a walk over the bridge to Eton with its world-famous 15th century boys' college. In the other direction lies Runnymede, famous for being the site of where King John put his seal to the Magna Carta in 1215.

Depending upon the amount of time you have, my tour may include a short visit to Eton to show you Eton College, a drive around the Windsor area including driving through Runnymede as well as a short orientation to Windsor itself.

Need to know:

  • Ideal for Heathrow Layovers with a minimum of 6 hours from landing to next departure
  • Allow 2 hours for the castle visit. Please note I do not go around the castle with you. The castle does provide audioguides
  • I can purchase castle tickets ahead of time if you wish, so that you do not have to queue on the day
  • During summer months, Windsor can be extremely busy with tourists and queues to the castle especially in the mornings can be quite lengthy.
  • Windsor Castle is a working palace, so it is possible the castle is closed, or opening hours curtailed to visitors at short notice. 
  • St George's Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays.
  • Time spent in Windsor can be as little as 1/2 hour to several hours depending on your itinerary.

Options:

Windsor can often be combined with Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge and Highclere Castle