Are you looking for the best things to do in Windsor? If so – this list will give you loads of ideas!
If you’re planning a trip to Windsor this year, then you might be looking out for fun and interesting things to do in Windsor!
If so, this list of things to do in Windsor should give you loads of ideas and plenty of activities to fill your days! I love Windsor, it’s a gorgeous town, with lots of history and beautiful buildings – so I think you’ll love it too!
So, here are my top things to do in Windsor this year…
Windsor Castle is definitely the best option for things to do in Windsor! It’s the main reason people visit the charming town, and it’s located right in the heart of Windsor. Let’s face it – it’d be impossible to write a list of things to do in Windsor, without mentioning this incredible English castle!
This amazing castle is home to over 900 years of Royal history, so it’s full of amazing things to explore. In fact, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world! So that’s reason enough to visit!
LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
If you’re looking for fun, family-friendly things to do in Windsor, then the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is absolutely the BEST option! It’s located a short drive from Windsor, and it’s definitely one of the best things to do in Windsor for kids!
Head there for the day and enjoy the brilliant rides and attractions. It’s actually one of the most popular theme parks in the UK, and handily located by Windsor!
St George’s Chapel
St George’s Chapel is next on my list of things to do in Windsor. Windsor is one of those towns in England that is steeped in history – so you’ll find beautiful buildings around every corner. St George’s Chapel is one of those buildings, and it’s a stunning example of beautiful architecture.
The Long Walk
The Long Walk is next on my list of things to do in Windsor. You’ll have likely seen this famous promenade in some movies and TV shows – and it’s the lead up to Windsor Castle. It’s stunning, and a beautiful way to spend a few hours.
But be warned! The Long Walk is almost 2.5 miles in total and it can take almost an hour and a half to walk there and back. So comfortable shoes are a MUST, as is suncream (in the summer!). This is a great choice for things to do in Windsor.
Windsor has some lovely shops, so if you fancy a few hours retail therapy, then you’ll definitely want to take a stroll around the stores and see what’s one offer! So shopping is next on my list of things to do in Windsor. You’ll find a mix of independent stores and the normal high street shops – so there’s something for everyone.
Private Boat Hire
Next up on my list of things to do in Windsor… It’s hiring a private boat to sail along the river! OK, so this is a bit of a splurge – but if you want to plan something special and a bit romantic – this is the ONE!
There’s no better way to spend a summer’s day in Windsor than sailing along in a private boat, it’s a perfect choice for things to do in Windsor.
Take a stroll around the town centre
Another amazing (but underrated) choice for things to do in Windsor, is just taking a stroll around the town centre.
Sometimes you don’t need to spend any money or do much to enjoy how beautiful a place is. Windsor is full of wonderful and quirky little buildings, and walking around and enjoying the view, is a perfect way to spend the day.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
If you fancy a day out, and you fancy dressing up, then a trip to the Royal Windsor Racecourse should be on your list of things to do in Windsor!
Royal Windsor Racecourse is a must-visit for anyone into horse racing (of course) but it’s also a must for any royal enthusiasts – because this place is frequented by the royal family!
Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
Up next on this list of things to do in Windsor, it’s the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum. This is a local history museum, where you can learn all about the local history of Windsor.
It’s a great choice for things to do in Windsor on a rainy day (as it’s indoors), and it’s often a good choice for educational visits and schools. Some of the fascinating things you’ll find there, include: a 100,000 year old mammoth’s tusk, pre-historic tools, and Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon artefacts. Talk about variety!
Frogmore House and Gardens
Next on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s the The Frogmore Estate or Gardens. This stunning English estate is made up of 33 acres of private gardens, which actually adjoin to Windsor Castle.
Frogmore House and gardens has been a residence for members of the royal family for many years, and Frogmore Cottage (on the corner of the estate) is actually where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived during their time in the UK.
Dorney Court is one of the most beautiful Tudor estates in the UK and it’s next on my list of things to do in Windsor. Dorney Court is a stunning grade I listed property. This early Tudor manor house (dating back to 1440) is a capsule of history and a wonderful place to see what life back then was really like.
Next up on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s Dorney Lake. Dorney Lake is actually a purpose-built rowing lake (which makes it quite unique – as there aren’t many of this size in the UK!).
The Savill Garden
If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Windsor, then I think you’ll adore visiting The Savill Garden. The Savill Garden is a beautiful mix of landscaped gardens, you’ll find exotic plants here, alongside a rose garden and a woodland too! It’s perfect place to spend the afternoon strolling around in the sunshine!
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is a great option for things to do in Windsor. It’s a beautiful park in the heart of the town – so it’s a lovely way to spend time in Windsor. You’ll find wildlife there such as deer, and you’ll be treated to glorious views of the castle too!
Next up on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s Duplo Valley. This is actually part of LEGOLAND, so if you’re visiting LEGOLAND, make sure you schedule in a trip to Duplo Valley too! It’s especially fun for the younger kids!
Another lovely park to visit in Windsor. So if you’re looking for outdoor things to do in Windsor – it’s a great choice. There’s not too much here, other than the typical ‘park’ stuff you’d expect, but it makes a great break from the bustling town centre, and it’s a lovely green space.
OK, this is one of my favourite things to do in Windsor – lovely, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Great Park! I think this reminds me of Central Park in NYC which is why I personally love it so much – but it’s also very ‘olde english’ and reminds me of Downton Abbey too!
The Ascot carriage rides depart from the Savill Building and the Savill Garden and it’s just a gorgeous way to enjoy seeing Windsor in a slightly different way.
The Crooked House of Windsor
OK, how cute is this next idea on my list of things to do in Windsor? The Crooked House of Windsor is a local landmark, and (as the name suggests) it’s a little crooked house!
It’s just a very unique building, and totally worth checking out if you’re in the area! I doubt you’ll see anything else like this in the town, and it’s pretty adorable.
Dr Choc’s Windsor Chocolate Factory
If you’re a bit of a foodie and a chocolate fan… then let me introduce you to Dr Chocs Windsor Chocolate Factory. OK, so this place might not be quite the same scale as Willy Wonka’s – but the chocolate is better so who cares! If you’re a chocolate addict, then this needs to be on your list of things to do in Windsor when you visit!
If you’re looking to add a beautiful restaurant to your list of things to do in Windsor… then Bateaux Windsor is going to tick all your boxes. This is one of the most original and romantic restaurants in Windsor, so it’s certainly one to squeeze in if you can!
You’ll be eating on board a boat on the Thames River, eating some delicious contemporary cuisine – which is cooked on board!
Eton High Street
Eton High Street is just over the river from Windsor, and it’s only a short walk from Windsor itself. If you love shopping, then this is going to be one of the best things to do in Windsor for you! Eton high street is full of beautiful independent stores, and it’s just a lovely street to explore and browse!
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Stanley Spencer Gallery
Next on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s the Stanley Spencer Gallery. If you love art, this is going to be a perfect choice for things to do in Windsor for you. This beautiful gallery is obviously dedicated to the life and work of the artist Stanley Spencer, and features some of his best work.
The Eton Walkway
If you’re looking for a lovely walking route to add to your list of things to do in Windsor, then the Eton Walkway is a perfect choice! The Eton walkway is a 2 mile circular walk, which takes you through some of the areas most scenic and pretty locations. The walk takes about one hour, and it’s a great way to see parts of the Thames, and also some of Windsor and Eton’s best loved buildings.
Duchess of Kent Mausoleum
This stunning monument is one of a kind, and it’s my next suggestion for things to do in Windsor. It’s a gorgeous monument that dominates the local skyline, and it’s well worth a visit to learn more about the history of this place. Interestingly, this place isn’t very well-known amongst visitors, which is surprising, as it’s such a striking monument.
Eat at Gurkha Royale Restaurant & Bar
Gurkha Royale Restaurant & Bar is one of the most popular restaurants in Windsor, so it had to make my list of things to do in Windsor. The reviews for the Gurkha Royale Restaurant & Bar speak for themselves, so if you fancy fitting some amazing food into your Windsor visit – this could be the perfect choice to fill your belly!
Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union Canal is a canal route that connects Birmingham to London – and the ‘Slough Arm’ of the Grand Union Canal runs near to Windsor – so it’s a great little walk to add to your list of things to do in Windsor. Walking along canal routes is a great way to see some local scenery, and get some exercise too!
The Queen’s Walkway
There’s a relatively new walking route in Windsor, and it passes through some of Windsors main attractions and sights. If you’re looking for a fun and unique option for things to do in Windsor, this is a perfect choice. Follow the giant pennies along the floor, and you’ll be toured through Windosr for free!
The route is 6.373km long (to symbolise the 63 years, 7 months, and 3 days the Queen had reigned when the walkway was opened). It’s pretty special!
Windsor Duck Tour
Next on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s the Windsor Duck Tour on the River Thames. If you’ve never done a duck tour – let me explain! It’s a bus that transforms into a boat – so you can explore the local area via road and river! It’s amazing and such a fun things to do in Windsor!
Eat at The Waterside Inn
Next on my list of things to do in Windsor, it’s dinner at the Waterside Inn. If you fancy a lovely meal out in Windsor, this waterside pub is pretty perfect for a sunny afternoon!
Bus tour of Windsor
We couldn’t write a list of things to do in Windsor, without mentioning the toursity bus tours! A trip to Windsor wouldn’t be complete without a trip on one of these big buses! It’s a great way to get an overview of the place, see the key sights (including most places on this list!) and just enjoy the experience too.
Escape in 60
If you’re looking for things to do in Windsor for groups of friends or family, then Escape in 60 is a really great idea!
It’s fun for everyone, and people can get as involved as they like! If you’ve never done an escape room before, it’s a really fun and unique activity, and such a great choice for things to do in Windsor! It’s fun to have the competitive edge too (oh and it’s a great choice for things to do in Windsor in the rain!).
Bray isn’t technically in Windsor, but it’s close by, so it’s lovely place to visit if you’re in Windsor and fancy squeezing in another scenic spot. You’ll find some beautiful sights in Bray, and it’s known for being home to several Michelin starred restaurant too… So perfect for food lovers!
Eat at The Fat Duck restaurant
The Fat Duck Restaurant is one of Heston’s most famous restaurants, with 3 (yes 3!) Michelin stars. It’s a tribute to modern, inventive, and crazy cuisine, and it’s a fantastic option for things to do in Windsor… although as a quick disclaimer – it’s not actually in Windsor! It’s just outside (a 10-minute drive) in Bray (mentioned above).
Windsor Independent Market
And last up on this list of things to do in Windsor, it’s the local food market. Windsor Independent Market is a delicious street food market, that happens every third weekend of the month (so you’ll need to time your visit correctly). If the market is on when you’re there – don’t miss it! There’s so much food to enjoy!
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