Attractions in and around Windsor
The Royal Borough of Windsor is a short break destination in South East England combining 1,000 years of history, contemporary shopping and fine dining with sports, leisure activities and events. Maidenhead, Eton, Bray and the smaller villages of the Royal Borough reflect that special character.
Explore the landscapes, the buildings and fine arts and crafts. And with 1,000 acres of National Trust land and 4,800 acres owned by the Crown Estate there’s plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors.
Windsor and The Royal Borough lie to the west of London in the charming rural countryside of Royal Berkshire. This is an exciting, fashionable and sophisticated area, rich in things to see and do with interesting walks and tours, boat trips and open top bus tours, historic gardens and world-famous racecourses. All this, together with a host of international events, makes Windsor and The Royal Borough a year round visitor destination.
Charles House is ideally located, just a 5 minute walk to the town centre for your stay whilst enjoying the delights of Windsor.
Windsor Great Park
With over 4,800 acres for you to explore at Windsor Great Park you are never short of something to do if escape and fun is high on your list. With a Royal history spanning over 1,000 years, you can encounter historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays, as well as rare wildlife, plants and fungi. The Long Walk entrance is just off Park Road which is just a 10 minute walk from Charles House.
Legoland is just outside Windsor, from Charles House Guest House it is just a 10 minute drive, or you can take the shuttle bus. Whether you are young or old Legoland has something to offer. Charles House is able to offer you special 2 night packages which include accommodation in one of our ensuite rooms and a Legoland Pass.
Please let me know before your arrival if this is of interest.
The River Thames
The River Thames flows through the whole of the Royal Borough and it is along or near the river that many of its historic and attractive towns and villages can be found including Bray, Eton and Maidenhead.
Charles House is just 5 minutes from the river and there are some wonderful boat trips that can be taken along the river, whether you wish to go for a short 40 minute trip or take a longer leisurely trip incorporating lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
Contact me if you would like some more information on what is on offer and if you would like me to pre order you some tickets.
Just a 10 minute stroll from Charles House, just on the High Street is Windsor Castle the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.
The Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor and takes up official residence for a month over Easter (March to April), known as Easter Court. The Queen is also at Windsor for one week each June, when she attends Royal Ascot and the service of the Order of the Garter.St George’s Chapel within the Castle Precincts is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in the world. Founded at Windsor by Edward III in 1348, its Knights still attend a Service of Thanksgiving in the chapel of their patron, St George, processing in their robes and insignia through the Castle Precincts.
Today, the Order consists of The Queen, The Prince of Wales and 24 Knight Companions. There are also Royal Knights and Foreign or ‘stranger’ Knights. St George’s Chapel remains an active centre for worship, with daily services open to all.
Charles House is able to offer you a special package for a 2 night + stay, plus Windsor Castle tickets, please email for details.
Windsor Racecourse is located about 1 mile from Charles House, but even better than driving is to take the ferry from The Promenade, just a 5 minute walk from Charles House. The Ferry trip takes about 10 minutes and you can buy your race tickets on board. Windsor Racecourse offer Monday evening racing throughout the summer and also special events throughout the year.
Changing of the Guard
Changing the Guard is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor Castle.
Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle takes place daily, during April, May, June and July. From August to March the ceremony takes place on alternate days.
The New Guard, usually accompanied by a band, march from Victoria barracks up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, then turn right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue and into Windsor Castle.