24 Hours in Windsor

Windsor is more than just home to Legoland and Windsor Castle – it’s a sprawling royal town, studded with elegant landmarks, quaint riverside pubs and plenty of cool things to see and do.

10am

Slurp: Craft Coffee

This family-run coffee house sources its beans from a variety of South American countries and is the perfect start to your day in Windsor. If coffee’s not your thing, there’s also an excellent range of fragrant loose leaf teas to grace your taste buds.

See: Windsor Castle

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William the Conqueror built it after the Norman invasion of England. Henry the eighth reigned there a tumultuous monarchy marred by *ahem* marital issues. The Queen of England stays here on weekends. Is there any royal residence more iconic than Windsor Castle? Don’t miss St George’s Chapel, the magnificent setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

1pm

Stroll: The Long Walk

The Long Walk is a three mile-long avenue between Windsor Castle and The Copper Horse – a statue of George III on horseback – perfect for walking, cycling, picnicking, and even a selfie with a deer. Seriously, the deer at the nearby deer park are so used to seeing visitors that some are known to pose for photos. Cute!

Savour: Views of the River Thames

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Quite literally push the boat out by hiring a luxury private river cruiser for up to 12 people and take a trip down the River Thames. Treat your inner royalty to an on-board afternoon tea. Or, if you’re looking after the pennies, stroll the riverside pathway and stop by coffee shops, bars and brasseries that line the waterfront.

4pm

Snap: The Crooked House of Windsor

This special little Grade-II listed building has been standing in Windsor, more or less, since 1687. One of the most photographed buildings in the country, this slanted wonder, once a popular dining room, is now a classy jewellers. Still, a vital place for an Insta snap – don’t miss out!

Shop: Peascod Street

Not only is this street older than the castle, it’s also chock-full of department stores, independent shops and mega-chains, ready for your wallet’s approval. One of the stores even has a royal warrant for supplying the Queen’s gifts. You’re the Queen, now, so treat yourself.

7pm

Sip: Windsor and Eton Brewery

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This super-cool riverside brewery’s beers are stocked in bars and pubs across town, but there’s no better place to imbibe one or two of their bevvies – including Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot – than fresh from the source. Take a tour or simply try one of over 40 different local cask and keg beers in the taproom.

Stuff: Gilbeys

What was once a humble butcher’s shop is now one of the best foodie joints in Windsor. Hang out with the locals in the conservatory restaurant, bar or courtyard garden and enjoy super-special dishes with a French twist. We hear great things about the Sunday set menu. Three courses for £29 – don’t mind if we do.

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Stay: The Eton Mess

Only a short walk across the bridge from Windsor Castle, pull up a pew at the boutique bar of this elegant but cosy outfit or opt for dinner in the restaurant which sources ingredients locally. Afterwards, roll into one of the stylish bedrooms and drift off into dreams of ancient castles, crooked houses and posing deer.

www.theetonmess.co.uk

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A 15-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride will bring you to the gastronomical village of Bray, where you’ll find some of the world’s best Michelin-starred restaurants. Enjoy culinary wizardry at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, fill your belly at his Michelin starred pub The Hinds Head, or indulge in mouth-watering French cuisine at the Roux family-owned Waterside Inn.

Get there:

Train: 34min from London Paddington (1 change)
Car: 50mins from central London

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