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When looking for a place for a short break this summer for myself and 5 y. o. son, I ended up choosing Windsor. There's not many places that have a castle and a theme park based on Lego! Aside from that, it's easy to get too and went we could venture to London Zoo on the way back. As well as that there's so much history to tell him about from the castle, the Queen's train, The Queen, which allowed a direct link with Brighton way back when and also Eton College and the fact many of our Prime Ministers have studied there. There's so much more, we really didn't have enough time.
We loved sitting by the river (although didn't get time for a speedboat trip as planned), all the lillte quaint coffee shops (including The Crooked House of Windsor) and fudge shop (get a free sample!), watching a wedding at the Hall where Charles and Camilla wed), playing in the castle maze, looking out for The Queen, talking about ghost stories and Windsor even had a tourist train and crazy golf! When we were there was The Windsor Wheel up too, giving amazing views over Windsor and Eton.
There's loads of restaurants, too and were spoilt for choice - many chains such as Bella Italia, Pizza Express, Wetherspoons and Pizza Hut, amongst many others are on the main hill beside the castle and there's plenty more in the shopping arcade.
There's 2 stations, Central was shuttle to connecting trains from Slough and Riverside was at the bottom of the Castle hill. From Riverside, head towards the Castle for Windsor and around the corner and over the bridge for Eton.
Windsor, the queens back garden. and what a back garden it is. Yesterday on the hottest day of the year so far I found myself in this beautiful location, sipping a beer in the private yard of an incredibly upmarket bar (it wasn't but it sure felt like it) overlooking the river and adding to my already stinging sunburn from the day before!
If you have never been to Windsor before i would more than recommend it as a good day out. It is so much more than just a castle and some shops.
Starting at the bottom of the city standing on the river back are numerous cruise boats, small boats for hire and general "messing about on the river" offered for between £10 per hour up to a sunday roast 3 course cruise or a sunset supper cruise both for £29.95. I fully intend to head back and give one or other of these a try very soon, perhaps a treat for fathers day?
On the river front is the most delectable ice cream store that I have managed to find anywhere other than on the continent. They stock ice cream in nearly 40 flavours and all icecreams are amazingly fruity. or nutty. or chocolate chippy and almost sorbet like in consistency. absolutly amazing and extremely moreish! in fact my travelling companion wolfed his down at such amazing speed i felt sure he'd dropped it or thrown it in the bin. He assured me not! retailing at £2.25 for 2 scoops in a massive waffle cone they are not cheap but worth every penny!!!
This store also sells very generous bags full of duck/swan feed that instantly converted me back to a 5 year old again. my goodness we had a laugh!!! the local swans ducks and pigeons are clearly aware of this glut of food that is readily available and as such there are swans by the pie load (sorry) waiting to be fed. Scarey stuff you may think but not so. They are trained so as they stay in the water and are amazingly tame and gentle, even eating out of your hand. It took me an immense amount of time, courage and childish giggling to offer my hand full of food to the mass of sharp beaks waiting to rip my hand from my wrist. The actual effect was amazingly tickly and I witnessed toddlers offer their hand out with much more courage than i could muster!!! We continued our stroll along the river and had a rest on one of the many benches readily available on the bank.
This aspect of windsor would provide a lovely day out for a young family, with space for a picnic or game of ball about a ten minute stroll along the bank.
Crossing over the other side of the road is the afore mentioned bar by the name of "browns". Amazing!!! not going to say too much as i have suggested it as a new addition to Dooyoo for a full review but clean, tidy and giving the illusion of grandeur for normal pub prices. The staff are more than happy to allow you to recline in the beer garden for as long as you see fit so long as you buy a drink or two and do not constantly hassle you at your table for extra purchases.
The city of Windsor is situated on a slight hill which would cause a problem for people with mobility issues. There is however a land train that may solve this problem but i have not been on this so cannot comment on price or length of journey/stops etc.
heading up the hill the very impressive expanse of the castle lays to the left hand side of the hill with immaculatley groomed lawns edged with an almost constant row of benches running up the hill. If there is one thing windsor council doesn't want and thats for you not to be able to take a wee rest as required!! to the right lays a number of shops that i would describe as being more "highbrow" and not for those of us hard of wallet. the likes of links of london, ghost and specialist shops abound and make for an excellent browse. Just give your purse to your companion or iy could be dangerous!!!
Over all i spent a very happy day and would highly recommend a vist to families, couples, singletons (there is no shortage of wealthy city type eye candy of both sexes strolling around ;o) ) there is plenty to stroll around to look at for a relaxing day. BUT if you are more of a dooer rather than a stroller and a looker then leave windsor for a day when that is what you fancy doing
Windsor is famous for its Castle, being set on the river Thames and for being full of tourists most months of the year!
I won't talk specifically about Windsor Castle as there are other reviews just on that. Windsor in general is a lovely place to visit to shop, eat, drink or just walk around. I prefer it in winter for the simple reason that in summer or school holidays the crowds are almost unbearable and it feels like you are walking round disney world or some other massive tourist attraction not just a town that happens to have a very famous Castle!
Windsor has most shops you would expect on the high street - Next, New Look, Boots, Marks and Spencer etc but also a few other shops which aren't on every single high street - like Lakeland which I love wandering around! It also has quite a few good independent shoe shops if you fancy something a bit different to the same old shops.
There are also some more upmarket shops in the old station concourse area. Here you will find Jaeger, Phase 8, Ghost, and more plus some more unusual shops such as Oil and Vinegar which sells (you've guessed it) Oil and Vinegar! It also sells olives, pickles and other speciality foods. You can choose a glass bottle and fill it with any flavoured oil that you like - they have all different shaped bottles and they make great presents for friends into cooking.
In the old station shopping area you also have places to eat such as Cafe Rouge, La Tasca and Bar Ha ha. They shops and restaurants are in keeping with the surrounding architecture and the place is quite pretty.
The actual High street has some very tacky souvenir shops and typical shops set up for tourists - ice cream shops, fudge shop etc (not that i'm complaining about fudge!) but i couldn't imagine living in Windsor - it is definately a place to visit for a walk round or to shop or come for lunch but I think it would frustrate me living there wihth all the tourists and tourist trap shops. Then again the Queen manages it so maybe its not all bad!
There are plenty of places in Windsor to have traditional afternoon tea - some catering more for tourists and some pretty ropey places. The Castle hotel does afternoon tea but having been in there once i probably wouldn't recommend it.
Part of me thinks I should keep this a bit secret but i'm going to be generous and share - the Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa does a fantastic afternoon tea and for a very reasonable £13.50 each person. You might not expect it to be so reasonable in such a nice hotel. The surroundings inside are elegent, and the staff are lovely and friendly. The only downside is you can't book so if you have to take a chance - however on a weekday in winter we have been the only people there! (not great for atmosphere but quite nice in someways to have the whole room to yourself!)
Eton is just across the bridge over the Thames from Windsor. I would recommend parking in one of the car parks in Eton if you can as it is such a short walk to Windsor and you don't have to try and find a space in Windsor or try the multi story. Eton itself is worth a walk up and down the high street if you are visiting Windsor. There are a few antique shops and individual shops and you will often see the boys from Eton school walking around in their tail coats even on a Saturday. I think you can even take tours around Eton school (perhaps in the holidays though) though i'm sure i've heard this i can't guarentee or know anything more about it! The Eton school buildings though are very attractive and make it a nice place for a slow wander about.
I'm a student living in Egham where there is nothing to do, so if I want to go shopping or do something at the weekend I have to choose between Staines and Windsor. Staines is closer but it is nothing on Windsor. Windsor is such a nice town. There is obviously Windsor Castle which is always worth a visit, but there is so much more to Windsor than the castle. The town has a huge array of restaurants, making it the perfect destination for a meal out. From Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge to McDonalds and a Wetherspoons pub. There really is something for everyone. Windsor also boasts a huge amount of shops including Daniels, a department store. There are all the major high street brands such as New Look, Topshop and H&M, along with some more designer stores including French Connection. I absolutely love Windsor and am so happy it is so close to where I live, particularly in the summer when it really is the best place to be besides the sea!
This is entirely true. I love the city of Windsor Ontario. To many yanks, such as myself who live within 125 miles of the border it is a Mecca for debauchery, synonomous with hard living, youth drinking and strip clubs. I live two hours away, close enough for a weekly drive to get my groceries amid a slightly foreign environment. I love Canada, I dig Windsor and Niagra Falls. The people are very friendly and the women are incredibly hot and the men there are total geeks that are too obssessed with Hockey to worry about some real men making border raids to take their women. I went there two days ago to drive around, buy food and do some shopping. It is easy to get there, 2 hours of freeway driving, a $3 bridge toll and then the intrusive yet simple interrogation and harassment by customs. See I am simply classified by most decent people as biker trash and they do not like letting me into many countries. Me and my friend J-Rod who I hadn't seen in 5 years decided to cruise up there and do some catching up. We used to be in bands together before he went away to the Army. It was great to catch up on old times. He met me at my house and we drove up there and listened to some music, after about twenty minutes of hearing the grooves I am into he turned off the radio and said, "I know this song that maybe you have heard before...."I'm the street sweeper sweeping up the trash I'm the street sweeper who should I bash" We spent the next hour singing all of our old songs that we played together in the seminal Prog Band 'Satan Sanchez's Unholy Trinity'. We decided immediately to find us a new drummer and put our band back together. He is a lot younger than me and we used to take him to Niagra Falls when he was 16 to drink and party and we knew Canada would bring back fond memories. Canada is a strange place, unlike other American states they have their own money with funny pictures on it
and they speak a language called Canuck which is close to American English but every sentence ends with "Eh?" and they pronounce words like House and About funny. It is a very poor state and the people seem to be uneducated and ignorant but they are nice because they want real American dollars that they know you have. But they are sweet people and the broads are drop dead gorgeous in a simple unadultered way. It is heaven. We went first to Devonshire Mall and looked for a store called "Winners" but it was gone. It is a good place to buy clothes. Things are cheap to begin with because all Canadian people are poor and then if you give them a dollar you get $1.47 in their pretend money. The women at the mall are hot. We tried to sign up at a booth at the mall to be photo models and they were cordial to us despite the fact that I am a hardcore ugly bastard with tattoos on my head and J-Rod is two meters high and 315 pounds of evil. They let us sign up to be models and took polaroids of us. I got to be a model one time. The railroad police needed pictures of guys my age to use in a photo lineup and the cinder dick was impressed by how criminal Schafe and me looked and took our pictures. Devonshire mall has some very good food places too. Mostly Canadians just eat red licorice, they have it at all stores and it is like 40p for a pound. But my favorite snack is the set of chocolate covered blueberries, cherries, and cranberries that are like 3 quid for two pound. I like a grocery store called Basics and another called Zehr's. They call their K-Mart Zellers and they have Wal-Mart now. I like their Wal-Mart. A hot chic named Emma rang us up and complimented the hoop in my nose, as she had a nice little stud in her own. I would like to offer her stud service and fill her holes. We also went to a sports bar called Cramdens. It was nice and they have lots of good beer on tap including monthly specials. I know that Canadi
ans don't deserve nice things because they are poor and stupid but they have the best beers in the world, specifically labatt. But their ciggies suck and cost $5 a pack. The call a lot of stuff in the grocery store the wrong names but they really are Ok. And then even though most of the people understand American all their packages have Belgian on one side and American on the other. They also have lots of foreigners there. Foreigners are people from non English speaking countries in my lexicon. like you got Peopel from England and Ireland and then Germans and Hollanders and Scandanavians and boers who don't speak American but are okay and then the rest of the world is foreigners, and that is what I am talking about Canada being full of. They must have a lot of SARS there because of it. They do have a whoel street of Arabic restaurants and stores and a nice Mosque that is having free food and an open house tommorrow. I liek Canada and would not mind having awoman from there because she could probaly learn to act like a normal person and my kids would be normal, they could probaly learn to hide where they came from. I go to Windsor a lot and plan to go back more even though we had bad luck this time. Coming back the guard at the tunnel axed me if we bought any food and I toad him that we had been grocery shopping. He made us get all our bags out of the car and he went through them and threw out my sheppard pies, J-Rods wal-mart steaks and my lunch meat. We were laughing because we were drunk anyways. And I asked the guy why he was stealing our food and he say me "Don't you watch the news or read the paper" and he clearrly thought he was better than us because he does those things. And I was all like, "no" and he shows me this damn paper about jakobs Kruezfeld disease in cows, I guess cows have been eating human brains or something because that is the only way to get that. So I asked, "Will this ffod
go to poor people" and he got nasty and said, "No, I just told you that it has a risk of being contaminated" and I was all like, "No shit buddy, but you could still give it to the needy" and he got mad at me and said, "It is going to be destroyed" and I said, "yes, burnt on the grill you have out back" and he got real mad and said, "Now I am going to rip your car apart for that", but he didn't. which is good because although my Jeep is new and pretty clean you never know when a vial may be lodged somewhere in a seat or mapcase. I mean I keep good track of my crack but it could fall out anywhere and then you can be screwed. I like hassling the border people which is bogus cuz when we go to PA or Indiana we never have to do this.
Well, thats me...Windsor born and bred (well nearly - my family moved there when I was about 2 years old). I feel its prudent here to point out that I'm not posh, I don't speak like the Queen, and I'm not stinking rich. Such myths curse me wherever I go if I mention my home town. Its just not true. Okay, so Windsor is obviously a wealthy town (even guessing at the kind of mortgage you'd need for the Castle gives that away!), but the wealth comes from a HUGE tourist industry. People flock here from all over the world - and why not? We've got the most magnificent castle I've ever laid eyes on (even in photos), a beautiful riverside setting, shedloads of shiny soldiers to watch, a top rate theatre, more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Need I continue? That aside though, Windsor is like any other town. People go to work/school, go to pubs/clubs/restaurants in the evening, shopping at weekends (theres even a Tesco just out of town). And we're jolly nice people too. If you do go to Windsor, by all means visit the Castle, take the open top bus tour - but take a walk off Thames Street (the main touristy area) and have a walk off the beaten track. Windsor is a hive of activity when you get into 'local' territory. Apart from anything the places where the tourists frequent will bankrupt you before the day is out. I quite agree that Windsor has a lot to offer the people doing 43 European locations in 7 days - but it offers a good deal more. You might even find out that you're posher than we are!!
Introduction ************* Having recently dipped my little toe into writing in our travel section, I was sitting trying to decide which of the destinations I?ve travelled to, to share with you next. Should I give you another account of a holiday destination, such as Turkey, those poppy fields, an encounter between my foot and a sea urchin, picking up Roman mosaic floor tiles, and wondering why there wasn?t a soul around to stop me, and the stomach bug that left me dreaming of never ending constipation. Perhaps at this time of year you don?t want to read about some far away country associated with summer holidays. Maybe you?re thinking of a short break closer to home. Perhaps a weekend shopping break, New York, Paris, Bruges, for years have been popular cities for the Christmas shopper looking for something stylish, with the added bonus of a different culture to help one soak up the Christmas spirit. Then I got to thinking about somewhere closer to home, somewhere that wouldn?t involve going too far, somewhere special, somewhere on my door stop. Why not Windsor? Have you ever considered Windsor for a short break, or for just a Christmas shopping trip. Maybe not, because us Brits love foreign travel don?t we, and why not? I know I certainly do. But you know sometimes, there are great places just on our door step, that well worth a visit. ?But I live in Scotland!? I here some of you stay, and it?s hardly on your door stop. Well, yes, I can see that its only close if you live down south. But there?s nowhere in the British Isles that takes that long to get to, and put it this way, you?ll have an excellent grasp of the language, will know when you?re being over charged or shafted, and it won?t take you an age to get there and back. And so it was, laden with these thoughts, that I set about considering Windsor as a desirable destination, but with an insiders view point. Of course I?ve used the net to research certain thing
s, after all, I?m not the town?s tourist officer you know! And I?m certainly not going to gloss over things if they just don?t cut it. However, I?ve lived in the area all my life, and ?been there, seen it, done? it, so to speak, on more than a few occasions. And so here it is, my guide to ?my? kind of town! The Castle ********** I guess for most people, mention Windsor, and its castle comes to mind. Today, indeed, for the last 900 years, it has dominated the town, thats right, 900 years! It?s no coincidence that Windsor is a days march from the Tower of London. William the Conqueror managed to work this out, and built a wooden stockade on the site shortly after the battle of Hastings, as part of a ring of defence surrounding London. Of course numerous home improvements and ?make overs? that have taken place over the centuries turning the castle into a real pied-à-terre, that monarchy have been prepared to change their name for, or so George V thought in 1917. He liked the place so much, he changed his family name to Windsor. Can you imagine if the castle had been built down the road in Staines! The castle, the largest castle in Britain, dominates the town, with it?s pristine, clean grey walls, sweeping lines, Lego like brick work, and wonderful views. You may not be into monarchy in a big way, but the castle can?t fault to bowl you over with its amazing art collections, priceless royal gifts displayed, amassed over the centuries, armoury, tapestries and far more besides. See if you can spot the tiny suite of armoury belonging to the boy Henry, before his mind was on how many wives he could get through! One of the most memorable sites for me as a child was the spectacle of Queen Mary?s Doll?s House, made for the Queen by Sir Edward Lutyens, with its electricity and water supply, not to mention working lifts, furniture, artefacts, and even real miniature bottles of wine, made by the leaders in their field at the tim
e. Be prepared for something a little larger and more impressive than your average dolls house, totally fascinating, and well worth a look. Apart from the State Apartments, which are still used on official occasions, St Georges Chapel, within the fortress of the castle, is also a must see. The chapel took 50 years to build, commissioned by Edwards IV in 1475(now I'd have those builders run out of town). Take a walk around, it?s like a who?s who of monarchy, try spotting the names of all the kings and queens and notable figures in history buried within the chapel, and also Frogmore House(as I shall mention shortly). Personally, I find the almost over whelming sense of history, makes the chapel outstanding amongst the places I would recommend you see. Imagine Charles I's head rolling around in his tomb, or melancholy display in the magnificent mausoleum at Frogmore House, close to the castle, where Victoria and Albert will eternally lay together. Anyway, enough said. Go and see it. It?s opened daily between 9:45-17:15(last admission 16:00). It costs £11 for adults £5.50 for kids, £9.00 for OAP?s and £27.50 for a family ticket. For more information, call 01753 869898. The Changing Of The Guard ************************* The Coldstream Guards, based in Windsor, have to march up to the castle several times a day to ?change shift?, pretty straight forward, but most entertaining, especially if the Queen is in residence (when the Royal Standard flying will tell you she?s home!), as they then put on the full regimental band thing and march through the town. The rest of the time, you?ll just hear a drum and a pipe, but imagine the look on the kids faces as they see real ?tin soldiers?. Personally, my first encounter with the changing of the guard half terrified me as a 3 year old. Back then the sound of the drums and the Bagpipes proved too much for me! You can see the spectacle daily in the Summer, and alternate days(
except Sunday), during the winter. Eton College ************ One great thing about Windsor is that everything can be reached on foot. Eton College sits just on the other side of Windsor Bridge, which is pedestrian only. If you want to drive, it will take you at least 10 minutes to get there from the Windsor side of the river. Once over into Eton, you?ll find some really up market restaurants, a number of pubs, and a whole load of old book and antique shops that are great fun to have a good nose around. After a short walk you reach Eton college, and be prepared to actually see school boys in all their ?morning suite? finery busily walking across the road to their next lesson. Some times they even leave their books out on a wall when attending assembly?s, but please, don?t be tempted to nick them. Try to remember that they may be school boys now, but they could be heading up multinational corporations, councils, governments, and even countries in the future, and they need to learn all they can between rugby matches now, to prevent them making big time cock-ups in a future life! It always makes me grin, to think that Eton College, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, was established as a charity school for ?lesser privileged? boys. Not until the 17th century, did nobility decide that Eton was suddenly fashionable, and of course the rest is history. No fewer that 20 prime ministers were educated here including Walpole, Pitt the Elder, and Macmillan, as well as writers such as Shelley and Orwell. The college is open between Easter and October for tours, from 10:30 during school holidays, and 14:00 during term time. For details phone 01753 671177. <br><br> The River Thames **************** As the river flows straight through the town, it?s a great way to get a different angle on things, and boat hire, as well as boat trips that take you through Runnymede, are always available . Obviously, this is be
tter during good weather, but it?s still good fun. Although irrelevant, I can still remember getting a little worse for wear one birthday and hiring a small boat with an out board motor. I seem to remember my friends and I almost capsizing the thing as all four of us tried to change places at the same time. You can hire boats from French Brothers down at the promenade, and they also operate boat trips every 20 minutes. Contact them on 01753 851900 for seasonal details. Fancy A Ride In A Horse Drawn Cart? *********************************** This is something I have never done, but it may appeal to you. The only thing I can liken it to was the day I got married. As I was running a little early, and just had to be late, I asked the driver of the Rolls to take a detour through the town to kill a little time. I felt like a real princess as tourists strained their necks to get a look at this bride(meringue an?all), slowly being driven past the castle. Great fun. If you fancy being stared at, and quite like the idea, you can hop on a stylish horse drawn cart outside the castle itself. The set up is run by Orchard Poyle carriage Hire. Contact them on 01784 435983. We?ve Got A Theatre Too You Know! ********************************* If you take a bit of time to plan your trip in advance, why not see what?s on at Windsor?s Theatre Royal. It?s a lovely old theatre, which attracts big name stars, and I think it adds an extra something the town. To find out what?s on, you can call the information line on 9068 32 33 66, and you can book tickets through the box office on 01753 853888. It?s A Great Park ****************** For some fresh air and a relaxing stroll, or even a challenging walk to build up an appetite for your evening meal, you can follow the ?Long Walk? all the way from the castle up to the ?Copper Horse? over a mile away. From here, continue your walk through the Great Park, t
urn and look at the castle in the distance. From certain views, there are no modern buildings visible, and try to imagine the view hundreds of years ago as Windsor was approached on horse back. Look out for deer and the frequently seen pheasants, especially at this time of year, who if not prancing around looking daft, like to do a kamikaze head on into oncoming cars along the main scenic road through the park! Just to make you really sick, as far as you can see that?s green, is probably Windsor Great park, and therefore effectively belongs to the Queen. At least she is gracious enough to let us ?commoners? walk our dogs where we please, and at certain times of the year you can see horse trials as well as Polo at the Guards Pollo Club. During 2002, the Queen?s Golden Jubilee year, there are also some special events planned. ?All The Queen?s Horses? is apparently going to be a live equestrian spectacular with more than 1000 horses, staged as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. If this is your thing, and it does sound pretty big, you can call the box office on 0870 121 5370. While I?m on about the ?gee gee?s?, if you are planning a summer trip, consider coming in the week that Royal Ascot takes place. A chance to get dressed up, have a flutter, and drink humongous amounts of champagne. Ascot is about a 6 or 7 minute drive from Windsor town centre, so it?s very close, and the races continue into the weekend after the 18th-22nd June, if you don?t fancy all that Royal thing and getting dressed up. Shopping?At Last **************** It?s got to be my favourite and most frequent past time when I head into Windsor. If I had lots of money, I?d find no shortage of up market boutiques, especially up at the Windsor Royal Station, in the heart of the town. As well as fashion, you can find art, hand made jewellery, and several interesting stalls inside the station itself. You?ll also find coffee shops, wine bars and often live s
treet music, which all add up to a relaxed and care free atmosphere, and if I was in search of some special Christmas presents, I?d probably start right here. Just down the steps(or ramp), from the old station, is King Edwards Court shopping area, with a Waitrose, a Boots, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, Next ect, and also one of the towns 3 department stores, Fenwicks, you can also enter another, Daniels, from this area. Daniels is my favourite shop in Windsor, and has an amazing toy department on the first floor, reckoned to be the next largest after Hamleys. They also have a nice Café down stairs serving continental pastries and coffee, the smell of which hits you as you walk through the door, whilst upstairs you?ll find the Rendevous café. This is ultra baby and child friendly, with sturdy wooden high chairs, a kids menu, and changing facilities near by. For breakfast, brunch, or an even afternoon snack, try a double portion of the ?Buck Rarebit?, which comes with a crispy salad and a huge pile of piping hot steamy mushrooms! For more on Daniels, see my Department Store op). If you don?t have several hundred pounds set aside for shopping, Peascott street, the main high street, has all the usual high street chain stores, including M&S, Whittards(where you can pop in and sample some tea or coffee for free when your feeling parched!), Gap, River Island to name but a few. If you fancy a cup of tea in a traditional setting, pop into Sally Lunn?s on the high street where you?ll find waitresses in the old fashioned ?get up? of days gone by. As you walk up Peascott street to Thames Street, where the castle is, you?ll find Caleys(John Lewis), W.H Smiths, and several older shops in the ?Guildhall? area. Walk along the cobbled street and browse in little shops with original Elizabethan frontages, now how Christmasy is that? The ?Crooked House? Tea Rooms is a quaint, if not small and fairly busy place to have a cup of
tea, but take a look at it anyway, and you?ll certainly see where the name came from! You?ll find it at 51, High Street, just incase it?s not immediately obvious. For a really touristy buy, take a look at the shops opposite the castle, but also delve deeper behind the front row of shops for more interesting things to buy. Worth A Mention; **************** If you have kids that are getting a little fed up with doing the touristy thing, what about taking them along to Windsor Leisure Centre for a swim. It?s nice modern pool, complete with waves and Jacuzzi ect. Also of course there is Legoland, just out of town. If you want more info you can read my op on Legoland(shameless plug no.2!). 01753 850004 for details. Restaurants *********** You eat almost anything you like in Windsor, and with so many visitors each year, all tastes are catered for. Here are my favourites. Thai; For a reasonably priced Thai meal, avoid the Thai castle opposite the castle, and head right to the bottom of Peascott street where it turns into St Leonards Road. The owner Tan, and his wife are extremely friendly, and operate an efficient restaurant which I, having been to Thailand, can say achieves an authentic feel. It?s popular, so you probably need to book. In fact, judging by the size of Tan?s Mercedes, I should say this lot are doing very well indeed! Oh, and try the Santa Amander, a superb red wine. Thai Cuisine 83 St Leonards Road, Windsor 01753 833899 Italian; I can recommend several good Italians in the town. Don Beni?s opposite the castle is great value for money, while Amalfi in Thames street is a little more expensive. For a real treat if your feeling flush, take a walk over the bridge into Eton, and on the high street you?ll find the wooden fronted, low door wayed ?Antico?. This is quite pricey, but wonderful for a celebration. Antico is at 42 High Str
eet Eton. To book phone 01753 863977. The House On The Bridge and Monty?s, opposite each other right on the Eton side of the river front are worth a mention. The former is expensive, the food is nice, and the atmosphere is fairly exclusive with an upstairs lounge to relax and take pre meal drinks. The owner(now deceased, but still a family business), once told me that Andrew popped in on the morning he was marrying Fergie for drinks, it?s also the place that my dear husband proposed to me. The waiters were very obliging in keeping the ring safe until the big moment! Monty?s is cheeper, and aimed at the coach loads of Americans that want a quality meal ?en mass?. It?s O.K, but I would probably avoid it! American; For a suedo American kind of meal, but with a great disco, try the Chicago Rock Café. It?s loud, it?s brash, the food is average, but it?s an entertaining place to go. Personally I haven?t been back since my hen night when the girls made me drink orange squash from a catheter bag, but give it a go. Mexican; Probably my favourite kind of food, can be found in this Mexican canteen,?Charley?s Horse?, which you can reach by taking a foot path down from Peascott street(it?s sign posted). They serve glorious frozen Margarita?s, and the food is of a good standard. Charley?s Horse. 4 Goswell Arches . tel 01753 858090, especially during the party season! Ice Cream; Try Mamma Mia on River Street, or if you must get your fix, you?ll find a Haagan Daas opposite the castle. Apart from these, you?ll find French, Moroccan, and several Indian restaurants, all within walking distance. Accommodation ************* Budget; Windsor YHA. Edgeworth House, Mill Lane, Windsor. 01753 861710. Clarence Hotel. 9 Clarence Road, Windsor. 01753 864436. My husbands family have stayed here a couple of times when visiting from Irela
nd. Rooms are £44-£51 for a single and £55-62 for a double. It?s no frills, but it comfortable, and very close to everything mentioned. Mid-Price; If you want a hotel right opposite the Castle with all the shops and restaurants just a step away, the following are ideally placed. The Castle Hotel, High Street Windsor.0870 4008300. Mother-in-law has stayed here, and the rooms are nicely decorated, and reasonably priced(if you go for a weekend deal). I think they've replaced all the cracked mirrors since her last stay! Ye Harte & Garter. 31 High Street, Windsor. 01753 863426 Again right opposite the castle. Haven't seen the rooms here, but it?s always busy, and is beautifully decorated with flowers during the summer months. There is also a nice café on the ground floor open to the public. Upmarket; Sir Christopher Wren?s. Thames Street, Windsor. 01753 861354 Sir Christopher Wren?s is rather posh, and rather nice. So much so that a friend spent the first night of her honeymoon here. Great Fosters, Stroud Road, Egham. Although not in Windsor, if you fancy a real treat with historical interest, this Tudor hunting lodge is for you. There are various beautifully decorated rooms, such as the ?Tapestry Room?, the food's wonderful and the gardens a treat, but you must book in advance. But then I would say that having had my wedding reception here! The Runnymede Hotel & Spa. Windsor Road, Egham. What can I say. Modern but very nice, especially the eat all you like grill on a Sunday. Rooms are pricey. They offer ?Pamper weekends? but you must book at least 6 months in advance! Getting There ************* By Road; Windsor is dead easy to find, and is well sign posted by a castle sign from the M4 and the M25. Parking in the town itself starts off reasonably priced, until you go over 4 hours, when it jumps consid
erably. You can park at Legoland ?Park & Ride?, again, well sign posted. It costs £2 for adults and £1.50 for kids to take the shuttle from here into town. The parking itself is free. By Train; There are 2 stations in Windsor, Windsor Central and Windsor And Eton Riverside. Thames trains, changing at Slough, operate from London Paddington to Windsor Central, and South West Trains operates from Waterloo to the former. It takes about an hour to reach Windsor from London, so you can easily combine a trip with a London visit. Well that?s it. All in all, Windsor really does have a lot to offer, especially around this time of year when it?s not quite so busy. You?ll find loads more than I have been able to mention, but if you take a visit, I hope you?ll find this helpful. Juliet Useful Web Addresses if planning a trip; www.windsor.gov.uk/events/events_index.htm Events during 2002. www.windsor.gov.uk/transport/transport_index.htm Info on transport and parking
Nice to look at, a bugger to park in, Windsor's my local love/hate relationship. Home to a stonkingly old castle, Windsor is a gem of a town. The Thames deigns to wander gently between it and Eton, the buildings are chock full of character and beauty, and the very air is imbued with majestic history. Obviously, the shops around here aren't too shabby either. They range from the exclusive to your general high street shops, there are those that are aimed at the tourists (but thankfully they aren't tacky to the eye)and they are also well served for watering holes and restaurants. *PARKING* Parking can be a problem unless you get there early. A large multi-storey car park called King Edward VII's is the closest to the heart of the town, and gives you access via the shopping precinct. There are pay and display jobs dotted around the base of the hill (oh yes, the castle by nature is at the top of a hill, and this one is quite steep) but space is at a premium in these. Traffic police are prevalent here, and any dodgey parking WILL be picked up on. Especially on the plentiful residential roads. *CASTLE* The castle is open to tours and the cost of entry averaged out at about £10 per person when I last did the touristy thing (about 2 yrs ago), but I'm sure the website would give you up to date details. For this you can tour St. George's chapel, some of the State Apartments, and the internal grounds. Soldiers are on display in traditional uniform, complete with Bearskins and very loud vocal chords. Should you step over lines in any marked off areas, you will be shouted at. As one young Japanese girl found out when she tried to get close enough for a photograph. I'm sure he hated to do it, but these are for security reasons and I hope she didn't take it personally. Access to the exhibits in State Apartments is conducted at a constantly moving slow pace. You are encouraged to
keep walking rather than to stand and stare, purely because of keeping outside queues down. You might get lucky and hit the castle during a quiet time, but other than that, don't expect to be allowed to dawdle. *ETON* Nearby Eton is also worth a visit. None of the school buildings, nor the school itself is open to visitors, but the buildings are beautiful to look at. It's a slightly strange mixture of quaintness and grandeur, and the streets are tiny as is the place. You could do it all in an hour. Unless you're looking at the shops. A very nice selection and not at all like your average high street. Great book shops, antique shops and a smattering of galleries. There's also a Teddy Bear shop that is totally irresistable. Parking here is worse than Windsor, so I'd recommend you simply cross over the Thames on the pedestrianised bridge. *GREEN SPACE* Windsor Great Park is huge. Oceans of green space for the kiddies to run about it, but be warned that a well-used road runs through the middle of it. This gives access to Virgina Water, Ascot, Legoland and surrounding villages so it can get busy with cars. As well as containing private royal residences, it's also home to the Kennedy Memorial, Savill Gardens and Runnymede (King John, Magna Carta and all that, but it's an indeterminate place so I don't think you'll find an indication of where it was signed. What was that? At the bottom? Oh yes, very good.) *OTHER ATTRACTIONS* Windsor Leisure Pool is crammed with fun slides and wave machines which kiddies will love. Wax work museum in the old railway station, which the family will love. Good Bier Keller and Pubs which the parents will love. *HOSPITALS etc* It's got a couple of good hospitals, both of which I've had to use - one for the birth of my daughters (Princess Margaret's, private and very plush), and the other, King Edward VII'
s for the less happy occasions with said two accident-prone daughters. There is a busy police station which because of the town's royal connections, takes the business of security very seriously. They are also nice and friendly, but please take care that you don't leave bags and things unattended as a reaction is guaranteed. *ROADS* Windsor is situated just off the M4, junctions 5 or 6. The local A roads can be very busy, and the road that runs close to the castle is one way, although it's not a confusing system and you can find your way back round if you need to. *SUMMARY* A lovely town that is well worth a visit. Not cheap, but not an arm and a leg either.
Windsor is home to very best visitor attractions, nice shopping and dining and many more famous royal events. Windsor is one of the loveliest towns I have ever seen in UK. I had always heard about Windsor Castle but before visiting the town, I was unaware of the existence of this nice town. My visit wasn’t planned at all. One day, I decided to drive to Reading but when I saw the sign of Windsor Castle, I changed my mind and headed to Windsor. I was really surprised when I arrived at Windsor. Because, I just expected to see a castle in the middle of nowhere but the castle at the middle of Windsor looked so beautiful on the hilltop. This historic Town grew around the castle as the influence of the monarchs. As you can imagine, Windsor castle is the biggest attraction in Windsor. The castle is also the principal home of the queen. he design of the castle owes much to the influence of George III and IV. The castle, covering some 13 acres has been the favourite home many English monarchs. Now it is still used by Queen Elizabeth today. When you buy your ticket for the casltle tour, it will include the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, St. George’s Chapel and The Albert Memorial Chapel. You may join one of the sight-seeing bus tours after paying around £ 5 but although town is very nice I can not say it is worth joining sightseeing tours. There is no much to see in the tour. You can explore the whole town yourself by walking. I had the opportunity to see Eton College in the bus tour. It is massive. The College spans across the whole town. As far as I learned in the tour, around 20 prime ministers of England were schooled in Eton College. Before my visit to Windsor I did not know Eton College was the famous school in the world (they said so). If you wanna enrol in the college, you have to pay for £ 17.000. This college was founded in 1440 by Henry VI. The Eton boys still wear the traditional unifor
ms. The King would receive the boys on the stairs and thereon proceed on afternoon tea with them, can you imagine? 'Tea with the King' Etonians were quite privileged and remain so till date. You can also join the boat tours in the river Thames. It is the most enjoyable way to see more of the area . As far as I was told, after around 6 o’clock, you can not join the boat tours, since they are reserved for group meetings. I don’t know if it is just for the parties but they also serve food on the boats. After visiting the castle and seeing the riverside, you should also see the train station opposite of the castle. There are lots of famous designers such as Bally, Jaeger. Also Links the famous silver specialist is there. If you love silver ornaments like me, you will like Links. There are also lots cafes and nice restaurants in the station. I tried the Spanish restaurant, which I liked a lot ( You can read my opinion about the restaurant as well) Also Café Rouge is located in the station. Additionally, there are also lots of nice restaurants by the river and in the busiest road at the front of the castle. You can find all famous Fast Food restaurants there. Also I liked the Thai Castle which is a very nice restaurant. But you will find it closed between 2 and 6 pm for lunch break. Legoland Windsor is another reason to see this lovely town. It provides different activities and challenges for children. The car park tickets are around £2 up to 5 hours. You will be able to find lots of parking spaces when you go into the town. Also one of the things which attracted my attention was the Ferrari Shop in the town. I liked the town a lot even more than the castle. I highly recommend it. Windsor Information Centre : 01753 852010
Windsor is a famous town featuring the Queens official residence, Windsor castle. Located in Berkshire, in the south-east of England its about a 15 min drive from the M25 and is just off the M4 close to Slough. Myself living about a mile away from Windsor means that I visit quite often during the week to get clothes, food etc but also to go out in the evening. There are loads of pubs and bars to eat in and many restaurants. There are a few nightclubs as well. The town itself is very attractive and the main shopping street has recently been carefully pedestranised. The high street has a very interesting selection of shops which range from Woolworths to more specialist stores and many designer clothes shops. Walking towards the lower end of the street takes you towards Eton (well worth a look) and East Berkshire College is based near the end of the steet too. There is another road surrounding the castle which also has places like Burger King and Pizza Express. There are also loads of tacky tourist shops with big posters of the Queen and Big Ben etc. One thing you will get here is an awful lot of foreign tourists, the high steet will usually resemble Oxford street on a saturday and you will always ending up bumping into some American from Kentucky too busy taking a photo of a phone box. Parking is an issue when coming to Windsor as well, there are two quite small surface carparks in the centre but are quite expensive. On bank-holidays they raise the fee to some crazy price which is why parking in the multi-storey is much better and cheaper. The road running alongside the park is free to park along but finding a space is not easy, and usually envolves racing someone for the last free space. The castle is what most people come to see and you would be daft to visit without checking it out. It's one of the largest in England and as I mentioned, the Queens official residence. You can tell when the Queens in because the Royal
Standard flag will be raised, not the union jack as alot of people think. You used to be able to enter the grounds for free, but now you have to pay, and its not cheap. If you live in the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead you get cheaper if not free entrance to the grounds. Then, when your in, you have to pay for each and every exhibition you wish to visit, and you will at least have to pay for one of them, because the 'grounds entrance fee' does not allow you access inside the castle at all. It can work out quite expensive so make sure you are aware of the prices perhaps before you visit. Another notible feature is Windsor leisure centre. Being a large user of such facilities, the recently enlarged centre is very impressive. There are two swimming pools, one a huge leisure pool and the other a training pool used for swimming lanes only. The leisure pool features a water chute, rapids, jacuzzis and a wave machine. There is also a lavish gym, 2 coffee shops a sauna/sunbed area. If you dont goto the town then you will probably be going to LegoLand, another big atrraction and good for small kids. All in all, Windsor is a great place for a day out, theres loads to do and see and the choice of shops and restaurants is unrivalled in the area.
Situated on the river and with a whopping great castle Windsor is a magnet for tourists from all over the world. The main draw is obviously the castle which, despite the entrance fee imposed after the fire in ’92, is well worth a visit. However besides the castle some of the best aspects of Windsor are free – The changing of the guard outside the castle A walk through Eton with its marvellous college architecture The view from the end of the Long Walk Relaxing by the Thames at Runnymede, visiting the Magna Carta Monument & the JFK Memorial. So by all means go and visit the castle but don’t miss out on all the other attractions.