You can be forgiven for thinking ‘London 2012’ or ‘Olympics’ when anyone says visit the UK at the moment, but now the games are over and the country is settling back to normal there are still plenty of reasons to head to London and surrounding areas. The city of London is of course an amazing place to visit, with world class everything at your fingertips and the chance to see some of the most recognisable iconic buildings and sites on the globe. However if you’d like to explore a bit further afield then just a short journey away lies picturesque Windsor which is a fantastic tourist destination in its own right.
Top of the list should be Windsor Castle which is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and is an official residence of the royal family with a fascinating story going back almost 1000 years. Immerse yourself in the rich history and enjoy such fascinating experiences as the Changing of the Guard and the panoramic view from the top of the tower. Windsor is one of the royal households where the Prince of Wales holidays and indeed his wedding was celebrated at the castle in 2005 with a lavish reception.
For a change of scene, visit the famous school at Eton or wander through the Great Park at your leisure. Ascot Racecourse is also situated in Windsor so there is plenty to entertain horse racing lovers and those who enjoy dressing up for the occasion. Add in some excellent retail opportunities, award winning restaurants and a beautiful stretch of the river Thames to enjoy by boat and Windsor has a lot to offer the discerning tourist.
And if adrenalin fuelled fun is more your scene then check out Legoland, situated just outside Windsor, and famed for being an incredible place for a family day out, or how about Thorpe Park – also very close – a theme park priding themselves on offering some of that fastest and most terrifying rides around! Not for everyone but thrill seekers will be in heaven.
Wherever you decide to visit in the Windsor area you are sure to enjoy the atmosphere and the beauty of this delightful place. And don’t forget – if you really need your Olympics fix you can just hop on a train to central London.