Exploring new places is something we are really enjoying doing with our children. So when we were invited up to Windsor by The Original Tour to have a day out being a tourist in Windsor we were all pretty excited to give it a go!
They had laid on a fantastic itinerary of the day and we were all very well looked after.
Windsor Castle is Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding venue in May! There is so much excitement around the town about it and I think it’s great fun to see all the shops getting ready for it. Windsor town is going to be jam-packed with people that day!
So to start our day off we went to watch The Changing Of The Guard. This happens about three times week here in Windsor but do take a look at their website to see what days.
My girls really enjoyed this bit, listening to the band and watching them march together. It’s a little bit of history that they can now say they have watched. Also as Windsor is smaller you were able to get up close to see them, and Lily loved their red feather in their hats!
Make sure you have a little look around Windsor town, the cobble streets and wonky houses are so cute!
Next up was a trip on The Original Tour. You won’t be able to miss their buses with a bright union jack flag on them!
This hop-on and off bus tour means you can explore Windsor, The Long Walk, Eton College, Datchet Village and Windsor Farm Shop at your own pace. There is 11 bus stops to get off and on at, so being able to stop and explore each location in more detail if you want to. The ticket is valid for 24 hours so you can explore as much as you can in this time too.
TIP: Windsor Farm Shop is one of the bus stops, it also has free parking. So you could park here for free (at the time!) and start your bus tour. Or a great place to stop for lunch, it did look very nice!
Windsor Castle has been the family home for British Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years. You can also go inside and have a tour around the castle, seeing the beautiful rooms and also it’s where the Changing of the Guard enter.
The bus tour provides earphones for you to connect to the bus and listen to the commentary as you are travelling around. This is really good for the children too as it gives them some information for the things they’re seeing.
The bus passes by the river Thames where you can spot the people getting their boats ready for the summer season.
Then right near Windsor Great Park. I had heard about this place before but not looked into it much. It’s beautiful and so much to do. Nearly 5000 acres with Windsor Castle at the end of the long walk. There is so much to explore here, we saw people dog walking, horse riding, also gardens to explore and places to eat. It would be a lovely place to explore, added to the bucket list!
After all the fresh air of being on the top of the bus it was time for some tasty lunch! Windsor has lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. So you won’t struggle to find somewhere to eat. We visited The Boatman which was right on the Thames. With outdoor seating which was undercover, but imagine how lovely that will be in the summer too. The food was delicious and the staff were very polite and friendly.
Next up on the trip was a boat tour by The French Brothers along The Thames. It was a 40 minute boat ride which was perfect length of time for the children. It went past Windsor Racecourse, Brocas Meadows, Mill House, views of Eton Collage, Windsor Castle and turning at Boveney Lock and Weir.
Swans are an iconic symbol of the Queen, so of course there has to be lots of them in Windsor! You can purchase some food to be able to feed them as well. My girls loved this!
Last thing on the day was another quick top up of food! We visited The Bell and Dragon for a lovely afternoon tea.
I was really surprised how much there was to do in Windsor. You could easily spend a weekend there exploring lots of the places I have mentioned in this post. Or like us just pop up for the day and use The Original Tour for the day stopping off and visiting many of the landmarks.
The price is £33 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or £13 per adult and £7 for a child
If you want to see our day in action then take a look at my little video to get a snippet of the fun we had!
*Thank you for The Original Tour for inviting us up to Windsor for the day. We received the day out for the purpose of this post. However all opinions and words are honest and of my own.