ELEGANCE AND GRACE…
If you are looking for the perfect day trip and you are in England, then Windsor is the fairytale town that will leave you speechless. From tourist attractions to all kind of events and shops, walking areas and relax places, Windsor blends the old with the new and is a beautiful, peaceful city, located in a picturesque landscape, in Berkshire region.
Whether you choose to come here by bus or train, you will be impressed by the majesty of Windsor Castle that can be seen from anywhere. The city became famous because of the castle and attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Sitting on a hill, it is a real gem and has been transformed into an exceptional royal residence. It is the oldest inhabited castle in the world, but it has been altered and renovated for almost 1,000 years.
It has hosted 40 monarchs over time and is one of the three official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. The presence of the queen at the castle is mentioned by the royal banner that wavers at the top of the Round Tower, and when it is missing, the Union Flag is flown.
British writers call Windsor Castle one of the most romantic in the world.
Spread over an area of 48.000 square meters, Windsor Castle is worth at least two or three hours if you visit it for the first time. It is open to the public every day, except for public holidays and several other days in a year. Opening hours and access may be restricted at certain times, when Windsor is the protocol location. But anytime, you can check the visit schedule online.
If you are in a group of friends, you can relax in Windsor by renting one of the boats on the pier for a ride on the Thames. Slow or fast motor boats expect their passengers every day.
And if you are here, do not forget to keep in your pocket some nuts, bread or something sweet, because you will immediately become friends with the swans and wild ducks that are incredibly gentle and will approach you, hoping they will get some. 🙂 Some of them climb the bank and get photographed by tourists. They are the attraction of young children, but also of big ones.
On the banks of the Thames you will find a perfect corner for relaxation, children’s playgrounds, benches and plenty of green space.
You can cross Windsor Bridge for other fairytale alleys, where you can stroll or enjoy a coffee with friends in one of the local pubs.
As you head toward the castle, the streets are becoming more crowded, especially during weekends. A lot of taverns, pubs and restaurants await tourists with dishes of all kinds – from British-style food, to Asian, Chinese or Mediterranean cuisine.
You will find all sort of things to the small local artisans – from gardening utensils, to flowers and souvenirs of all kinds.
The promenade area arrives at the old Windsor train station, where a steam locomotive shows you that a station was here decades ago. The locomotive was built in 1894 and has the name of “Emlyn”, after Lord Emlyn, who was president of the Western Railway Company.
The 57-meter-long locomotive was repaired in 1897 and renamed The Queen. None of this type exists today, and the Queen, who will later be called “James Mason”, was withdrawn from circulation in 1912.
I liked in Windsor the fairytale houses and the exceptional architecture here, especially the British desire to preserve everything. For example, the house in the picture, which for hundreds of years has always been refurbished to keep its strange shape. Although built crooked, it is the attraction of the main boulevard and is currently home to one of the most beautiful jewelry in Windsor.
Whether you come here just for the castle, whether you choose a walk on the banks of the Thames, an evening with friends or even you want to spend a night in Windsor, the town has all the facilities for tourists. It is impossible to get lost here, because the tourist information center provides you with all the information you need.
Put Windsor on your story tour map if you want to visit England. The fairytale history, the legends of Windsor Castle and the elegance of this small town on the banks of Thames will fascinate you. See you soon! 🙂