Having lived in Windsor all my life this is something that I hadn’t done before and felt that this would really help to refresh my knowledge of Windsor. My colleague, Lou, and I took the bus trip on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and really enjoyed the experience.
We started the tour at the first stop on Castle Hill directly outside Windsor Castle. As you get on the bus you are given a set of headphones that you plug in for the duration of the tour, this is a multi-lingual guided tour so is suitable for different nationalities.
We decided to sit on the top deck as it was a nice day and thought this would be best way to take in the sites – just watch out for some of the higher trees as you go through Datchet as they do hang over the side of the bus. There is so much to see in Windsor and the surrounding areas and this is a great way to see everything without wearing out your feet!
There are 11 Bus stops that you can Hop-On or Hop-Off as you please, as the buses come every 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to get off and have a look around or stop for lunch, knowing another bus is just around the corner.
The bus tour is great value for money at just £13 per adult or £30 for a family ticket, 2 adults 2 children (2017 prices) as it is both informative and enjoyable for anyone looking to explore and learn the history of Windsor. As it is a short trip of around 45 minutes it is suitable for individuals, couples or families of all ages.
As part of my on-the-job training it’s important for me to know all about Windsor and understand what attracts over 6 million visitors to the town each year. With this in mind, and not knowing much about Windsor’s amazing history, I was excited to take a 40-minute boat trip up the River Thames with French Brothers.
The commentary was interesting and informative… and perfectly timed – we were sailing past the exact view as it was mentioned on the tape. As we passed the Eton College playing fields we learnt that the school was founded in 1440 by Henry VI… who knew? I would recommend sitting further back if you want to chat as the front of the boat was quite loud.
You get a great view of Windsor Racecourse on the way up to Boveney Lock & Weir where the boat turns around. Very pretty, and wonderful to watch the world – and the swans – go by from the comfort of your seat. On the way back, there are stunning views of Windsor Castle. Camera’s at the ready…
My colleague, who lives in Windsor, found the trip very informative and she has learnt some new things about her home town. This trip is suitable for all ages and is equally interesting if you are new to the town or have lived in Windsor your whole life.
The weather is warming up and there is no better time to visit Windsor. With a huge choice of restaurants, bars and cafes and masses of local events taking place beat the crowds by booking to stay in our beautiful town this Spring. You can choose to stay in top 5 star hotels, executive serviced accommodation or boutique B&B’s.
Windsor is beautiful in Spring and here’s what’s on if you are planning a visit in the new few weeks…
Cliveden is running an Easter Egg trail between Saturday 14th and Monday 17th April from 10am to 3.30pm. Free entry for NT members
The Carnival of Colour at Savill Gardens on Wick Lane between 1st-17th April from 10-5pm each day with a Rainbow Trail and chance to win a celebratory Rhododendron
Theatre Royal Windsor is showing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 4-8th April and Fame the Musical from 11-15th April
Enjoy Windsor’s very own Royal Free Singers in concert at Eton College on 8th April from 7.30 – 10pm
Treat yourselves to a Gourmet Spring Dinner hosted at the Cumberland Lodge on 19th April from 7-9.30pm
Help the Queen celebrate her 91st birthday with a 21-gun salute taking place on the Long Walk (Brook Street entrance) from midday on 21st April
Monday Evening races start at Windsor Racecourse on 24th April and then 8th, 15th and 22nd May – gates open 2.45pm
The Great British Dog Walk departs from Savill Gardens for a wonderful 4km or 9km stomp through Windsor Great Park on 29th April from 10.30am in aid of hearing dogs
With Mothers Day (Sunday 15th March) just around the corner there is a variety of events and great choice of restaurants to treat your Mum. There is lots on offer in Windsor.
Brown’s Bar and Brasserie, nestling at the foot of Windsor Castle with lovely views of the River Thames. This wonderful location has real wow factor and Browns are offering exclusive deals for this Mothering Sunday. For more information please check out their website. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Alternatively, if you fancy getting out and about and enjoying the Spring sunshine, Savill Gardens situated just outside of Windsor, is well worth a visit. This attraction is a delight for keen gardeners. Free admission for Mothers on 15th March. The café is serving delicious three course meals starting from just £15.95.
A special treat for the little ones (and big kids too…!) Squires Garden Centre are hosting a Create & Grow event for Mothers Day this year. Pick three lovely flowers to plant in your basket and take home as a gift for just £5, there are fun competitions to enter into too. There is also a café serving lovely cream teas and appetising lunches. For more information visit their website to help you plan your special day.
Wherever you plan to take your beloved Mothers and Grandmothers this year, we hope you have a fabulous time here in Windsor. If you are considering an extended stay, please let us know how we can help with your accommodation in Windsor and Eton.
Highlights of What’s On this December in Windsor & Eton:-
WINDSOR & ETON LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR
This event will take place every day between Dec 1-24th. Each day at 6.15pm a 15-minute live performance will take place at a venue as detailed below; could be music, dance, drama or historical reading – all with a Xmas theme. In true advent style, the details of the performance will remain a secret until the day.
Monday 1 December: King & Castle, Thames Street Tuesday 2 December: The Gallery at Ice, High Street Wednesday 3 December: tbc Thursday 4 December: Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street Friday 5 December: Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens Saturday 6 December: Talents of Windsor, Guildhall Island Sunday 7 December: Sir Christoper Wren, Thames Street Monday 8 December: Wagamama, Thames Street/Windsor Royal Shopping Tuesday 9 December: Luxe Flowers, Eton High Street Wednesday 10 December: Royal Borough Museum, Guildhall, High Street Thursday 11 December: Hotter Shoes, Peascod Street Friday 12 December: Eton Town Centre Saturday 13 December: Windsor Castle Sunday 14 December: French Brothers, Promenade Monday 15 December: Richer Sounds, Eton High Street Tuesday 16 December: Castle Hotel, High Street Wednesday 17 December: Natural History Museum, Eton College Thursday 18 December: JAM Eton, Eton High Street Friday 19 December: Bel and the Dragon, Datchet Road/Thames Street Saturday 20 December: Bang & Olufsen, High Street Sunday 21 December: Harte & Garter, Thames Street Monday 22 December: Macdonald Hotel, High Street Tuesday 23 December: Waterstones, Peascod Street Wednesday 24 December: Windsor Parish Church, High Street
BEAUTY & THE BEAST starring Three Degrees soul star Sheila Ferguson, X-factor singer Rhydian and firm favourites Kevin Cruise along with Basil Brush and Postman Pat. Tickets are available now, shows from Dec 3-11, tickets £31.50 theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
WINDSOR REINDEER PARADE
Starts atWindsor Castle, Santa will be visiting Windsor Town Centre together with his sleigh and reindeer. He will visit the High Street and travel down Peascod Street and King Edward Court. Between 2-4pm on Saturday 6th December.
No need to book flights, Lapland is now conveniently located on the Windsor Estate in Whitmoor Forest. Visit the Elves’ toy factory, magical forest and Mother Christmas’ kitchen to bake gingerbread and listen to a story. From now until December 24th. Tickets are available from £49.50-75 Laplanduk.co.uk.
Whatever you have planned this holiday season, Accommodation Windsor Limited would like to wish you a very merry Xmas and if you are planning to stay in Windsor during December, please contact our lovely Lettings team for info on the best accommodation firstname.lastname@example.org.