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Loads of history, culture AND things to do
Windsor in general
Member Name: Natskin
Windsor in general
Advantages: Castle fascinates kids!
Disadvantages: Some of the signs to Central station had been turned around!
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.
Summary: Lovely place, a lot of tourists but it retains all it's charm
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