In less than two weeks time, Windsor will likely be the center of attention certainly within the UK and perhaps for some here in America too. Prince Harry will wed his American fiancée at St. George’s Chapel located within Windsor Castle. Visitors staying in London often take a daytrip to this other city by the Thames located just 30 minutes outside of the English capital. For many, the castle itself is reason enough but is there more than meets the eye? As it turns out, there are plenty of Windsor England attractions; though most of them have some form of royal association.
Best Windsor England Attractions
It’s no secret that this thousand-year old castle is one of the top Windsor England attractions. Unlike Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is open year-round for visitors even when the Queen is in residence. Built by William the Conqueror, it is one of the oldest inhabitable royal residence in the world and the Queen’s preferred residence in England. Take a tour of the Castle Precincts and see the State Apartments. Also, don’t miss the Waterloo Chamber, designed to commemorate the English victory against Napoleon and the French at the Battle of Waterloo, and St. George’s Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Windsor Great Park
Adjacent to the castle is the Windsor Great Park. This royal park has over 5,000 acres of land to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback. Explore the gardens, the ancient oaks of the forest where kings used to hunt, and the open grasslands where you can pop a squat and take in the scenic views of the city. Wrap up your visit here by taking a stroll long the Long Walk, a three-mile long pathway lined with trees that ends at the entrance of Windsor Castle.
It’s probably the most famous public school in the world. Unsurprisingly, many tour guides list Eton College as a must see and do at Windsor. After all, it’s where many of the more recent male royal family members have gone. In addition to its royal association, many of the UK’s prominent politicians, artists and scientists went to school there including former Prime Minister David Cameron and writer Aldous Huxley.
Catch a Horserace at the Ascot Racecourse
Ascot Racecourse is one of the UK’s oldest racetracks for thoroughbred racing and likely the most famous. Royal Ascot, the annual event attended by the Queen (who is an avid hippophile) and other members of the Royal Family attracts much attention primarily for the fashion, particularly the gravity-defying hats. If you can’t get a ticket to the Royal Ascot though, there are others just as exciting.