Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Windsor and Eton is a full day trip from London for all visitors interested in Royalty, English history and for just plain fun. As well, there are attractions for all ages in Windsor and its surrounds.
Encircled by the River Thames and creeping up the hill, Windsor town grew up around William the Conqueror’s Windsor Castle. The castle dominates the town and can be seen from miles around.
The castle and grounds is the Queen’s favorite home and she spends as much time there as she possibly can. Nevertheless, most of the Castle including The State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, and St George's Chapel is open to the public (apart from the private apartments).
Of course, it is a working palace and official engagements may occasionally preclude visitors from visiting certain areas.
Eton is on the other side of the River Thames and is devoted almost entirely to its famous Public School. During term time the narrow streets are filled with schoolboys (Etonians) in their tail coat and winged collar uniforms, moving between halls of residence and Tudor school buildings.
The name ‘Windsor’ was originally given to what is now the village of ‘Old Windsor’. In the 11th century William the Conqueror (King William I) set up his court at Old Windsor which had been the court of the old Anglo-Saxon king, Edward the Confessor. William chose a chalk outcrop on the River Thames on which to build his wooden fort – Windsor Castle.
The fort initially was for defensive purposes only, but in 1110 King Henry I made it his residence and the Royal Court transferred from Old Windsor to (New) Windsor.
As a result of its long royal connection, Windsor has many facilities usually only found in larger towns - two railway stations, a theatre, and several large hotels. Its narrow streets, several of which are cobbled, are lined with interesting shops and ancient buildings.
Windsor is perfect for easy sightseeing walks as well as browsing for antiques. The traveller can then relax in historic Inns and cosy tea rooms!
The erection of the present Guildhall in High Street was begun in 1687 but in 1689, the task was taken over by Sir Christopher Wren (responsible for the design and construction of St Paul's Cathedral, London).
Also in High Street is Windsor Parish Church. Inside is a Peter Scheemakers memorial sculpture. He is famous for his sculptures in Westminster Abbey.
A short walk down the hill following Thames Street leads to the Thames River Bridge. Over this pedestrian bridge is the village of Eton. A walk along Eton High Street reveals the famous Eton College.
For the history minded visitor, a 10 - 15 minutes local bus ride from Windsor Town Centre brings the traveller to Runnymede Meadow, famous for the signing of the Magna Carta, and now also for the Air Forces Memorial Runnymede, the American Bar Association's Magna Carta Memorial and the John F Kennedy Memorial. Runnymede Meadow is now owned by the National Trust.
For children and of course adults, there is the theme park Legoland Windsor. A visit is a must for all those young-at-heart.
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is home to many beautiful scenic spots to walk and play and of course, the world famous Royal Ascot Racecourse.
Accommodation - Search & Book through Hotels.com here:
Royal Windsor Information Centre
To find out ’What’s On’, Booking Accommodation, Tickets for Legoland Windsor and City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours, Street Maps and Guides it is a good idea to call in to the Information Centre at: The Old Booking Hall, Windsor Royal Station, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PJ
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1753 743 900
When Traveling from London:
- By Mainline Rail
Two railway companies service Windsor and Eton. There is a choice of either South West Trains or Thames Trains.
- South West Trains runs half hourly services from London Waterloo Station direct to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Riverside Station is a short walk to both Windsor and Eton town centres. The train journey takes around 50 minutes. Web: National Rail Journey Planner
- Thames Trains run from Paddington Station to Slough Station (journey time around 14 minutes depending on the train). Change at Sough to connect with the train to Windsor & Eton Central Station (journey time about 6 minutes). Web: National Rail Journey Planner
Windsor & Eton Central Station is conveniently situated just behind Thames Street and close to Windsor Castle. Enjoy the views of Eton College and the Castle as the train approaches over the raised brick arches and crosses the River Thames on Brunel's 1849 ‘Bowstring Bridge’'.
Use the Web: National Rail Journey Planner to select time of travel and to book your tickets.
- By Bus
Green Line coach Route 702 to Windsor - Coaches run hourly. Go to Web: Green Line Coaches website
Green Line Coach Terminal is close to Victoria Coach Terminal in London. Access is across the Elizabeth Street bridge from Victoria Coach Terminal. Green Line coaches take passengers to Windsor town centre stopping outside Windsor Parish Church (opposite the Guildhall) in High Street.
Coach Return to London
Again the coach stop is almost opposite the Parish Church, down from the Guildhall in High Street.
Note the last coach back to London leaves at 19.35. Visitors should confirm coach times on the Green Line website above.
- By Car:
Traveling by car is difficult as parking is limited and motor homes are not allowed into the town centre. Public transport from London is very good.
- Coach Sightseeing Tours:
There are a number of coach tour operators who offer day tours from London to Windsor or incorporate Windsor in a day tour of Stonehenge and Bath.
Google Maps - Royal Windsor