Windsor is perhaps the most regal of areas in the UK and has been home to countless Kings and Queens throughout history. As a result, the Royal Family even changed their name to Windsor in in 1917 to reflect this prestigious area. Most notably there is Windsor Castle as the main attraction, but the parks and medieval cobbled streets are also a joy to explore.
Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world- currently, it is the destination of choices for Royals on their weekends off so this could be the closest you get to Her Royal Highness on your trip to the UK. The size and majesty of the castle will be the thing that strikes you first upon arriving. Covering 13 acres of land just outside of central Windsor, it’s breathtaking and will take you a couple of hours to fully explore.
If you time your visit for 11 am, you’ll be able to witness the Changing of The Guard, which is one of the most significant traditions upheld by the castle. Taking 30 mins to complete, this ceremony includes some classic British pageantry and sets the scene before entering the castle.
Once inside the castle, there’s a whole host of rooms open to explore, including the state apartments and St. George’s Chapel. You’ll notice the entire castle is decorated with fine art from around the world and the Drawings Gallery includes a range of pieces from the Royal Collection for you to admire.
To explore nature in Windsor, there is no better place than Great Windsor Park – a grand deer park near the castle. You’ll travel in the footsteps of Saxon Kings who used to use this park as their own private deer hunting ground from as early as 1360. Nowadays, the majority of the park is open for the public to enjoy, including the woods as well as the flat deer park.
Whilst you travel through the park keep an eye out for Herne the Hunter. English folklore tells stories of this fearsome hunter who now haunts the park. Herne was first written about by William Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor and is said to wear antlers on his head and ride a horse around the park as the former forest keeper.