The town of Windsor is a place that holds a special place in Prince Harry’s heart, so it’s no surprise that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose this splendid town as the location for their wonderful wedding.
If you’re looking for a weekend break this summer, why not follow in Harry and Meghan’s footsteps and enjoy the delights offered by this regal Berkshire town? Whether you’re looking for scenic spots to take your camera or a fun day out for the entire family, Windsor has something to suit you.
Where to Stay
Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park
If you’re a fan of the Royals and luxurious accommodation, then why not treat yourself to a stay at the five-star Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park. Prince Harry and best man Prince William stayed here the night before the royal wedding.
This beautiful country hotel is seven miles from St Georges Chapel, near Ascot. Perfect if you’re planning a trip to the races! The hotel offers stylish and modern rooms starting from £318 per night, although it’s likely that Prince Harry opted to stay in one of the hotel’s more spacious suites, available for around £1270 per night.
Cliveden House Hotel
If you’re looking for a hotel fit for a princess, check out the stunning Cliveden House Hotel. Situated on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate, the Cliveden Hotel offers several luxurious rooms and suites, many with private hot tubs! We heard that Meghan stayed at Spring Cottage in the grounds of Cliveden House with her mother Doria Ragland the night before her wedding. The two-bedroom cottage is situated on the banks of the River Thames and boasts its own private gardens, natural spring and a small lake. Prices for this stunning five-star hideaway start from £2055.
Where to Visit
Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel
Windsor Castle is Windsor’s biggest attraction. The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world is open to visitors all year round. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the impressive castle has since been the home of 39 monarchs. The Queen loves the residence so much that she spends most of her private weekends there.
Windsor Castle gives an insight into the lavish lifestyle of British Royalty over the past 900 years. St George’s Chapel is the Castle’s place of worship and has been host to a variety of regal occasions, including the recent Royal Wedding. The Castle makes for a great day out for all ages. We’d suggest allowing between 2 ½ hours and 3 hours for your visit.
Frogmore House has been a favoured location of the Royals for over 300 years. Situated in the Home Park of Windsor Castle, the breathtaking architecture and impressive gardens have been a favourite of the Royal family since King George III bought the house for his wife, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The royal couple chose the gardens at Frogmore House as the backdrop for their official engagement photos and loved it so much that they decided to host their wedding reception there too. The house is only open to the public three days a year and the entrance fee is donated to charity. The open days for 2018 are on the 5th, 6th and 7th of June.
The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden was created by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930’s and includes 35 acres of interconnected gardens. It is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens and includes a mixture of contemporary and classical designs.
This summer the picturesque gardens (which are perfect for photography) are open from 1st of March to the 31st of October between 10:00 to 18:00 daily. The gardens remain open through the winter months too but close a little earlier at 16:30.
Things to Do
Legoland Windsor Resort
You can’t go wrong with a family trip to Legoland! This unique theme park has over 55 rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools set over 150 acres of parkland. All together the Legoland resort has 80 million Lego bricks!
The resort is ideal for younger families with plenty to keep the kids entertained.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
This stunning racecourse is home to 27 racing fixtures between April and October, and it’s conveniently located around the corner from Windsor Castle, which makes travel and transport nice and easy. From a Ladies Evening to a Gin Festival, this racecourse hosts a variety of events which make it well worth a visit.
The racecourse is just off the River Thames. Set in 165 acres of beautiful British countryside, you can even travel to the racecourse by boat from Windsor town centre.
Boat Trips Down the River Thames
Take to the water to experience Windsor from a different perspective. The Thames is a magnificent river which flows through the Royal borough and there are a number of boat trip services and guided tours available in the local area. French Brothers Boats, Bateaux Windsor Restaurant Cruises and John Logie Motorboats are just a few of the cruise companies to choose from. It’s a great activity which we would highly recommend. Take in the beautiful countryside and admire the magnificent glory of Windsor Castle and the Royal borough.
The Royal Wedding
Here at CEWE we love a wedding! And the magical union between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday may have been the best we’ve seen. In fact, we’re just not quite ready to let go of all that gorgeous, gooey, romantic love just yet, so we’ve decided to share some lovely photos of the world’s favourite couple.
If you decide to take a trip to Windsor, make sure you tag us in your photos. We love seeing them!