The Royal Borough of Windsor is a fascinating historic destination and an excellent alternative to London for a weekend break in the UK. With plenty of things to see and do, a plethora of fantastic eateries in the area and many beautiful hotels to choose from, Windsor is the perfect place to relax, unwind and soak up a little English culture.
The crown of the area is iconic Windsor Castle, the Queen’s home and the oldest, largest inhabited castle in the world. A visit to the castle is recommended on any visit to Windsor, though there are several other popular things to do in the area with something to please everyone.
No trip to Windsor can be considered complete without a visit to Windsor Castle. The castle, first built by William the Conqueror as a defensive base, has been favoured home of the English monarchy for more than 1,000 years. If you visit the castle, there are several tour options and things to see, including:
• The State Apartments – Ceremonial Route
• The State Apartments – Historic Route
• Semi-State Rooms
• The Precincts Tour
• St George’s Chapel
• The Changing of the Guard
• Treasures of the castle
With so much to see during your day at Windsor Castle, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry, the tours have been designed to allow you to fit them all in, so there’s no reason to leave an open part of the castle unexplored.
Spend some of your time in Windsor away from the beaten track – a visit to Artique Galleries promises to delight your artistic eye and open your mind to new artists and exceptional pieces. Artique pride themselves on their knowledgeable service, striving to create a unique, personal experience for all their visitors.
Whether you’re looking to catch an artist exhibition, are in the market for a new piece for your home or are interested in having a personal art consultancy, Artique Gallery is a fantastic spot for art enthusiasts to while away an hour or so.
Opposite Windsor Castle, in the Grade II listed Victorian railway station, Windsor Royal Shopping is undoubtedly worth a visit. Not only is the structure itself stunningly unique, but the cultural hub is practically bursting with independent and well-loved shops and eateries.
The shopping centre is in the heart of the historic town, and though modern Windsor surrounds it, the structure retains many of its original features including the Jubilee Arch and cobbled stones. Alongside the usual shops, Windsor Royal Shopping is home to an art and craft market seven days a week – there’s something for everyone here.
Where to stay in Windsor
Immerse yourself in the history of Windsor during your trip – the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery by Sofitel is Georgian elegance through and through, boasting authentic features and carefully restored décor.
Enhance your experience with a luxurious stay at the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery by Sofitel and rest assured, you’re staying in one of the best hotels in Windsor.