Wow, a weekend with the actual Queen! Don’t get too excited. The Queen hasn’t released private invitations to blog readers to come for an afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace.
But you can head west of London, to Windsor, to discover the town in which William the Conqueror, build his castle after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The castle has been in use since the 11th century as a royal residence. And it remains today a weekend home for Queen Elizabeth II. So, in a sense, going to Windsor is the closest you will ever get to spend a weekend with her Majesty. Pack a comfortable tea dress and your best ballet shoes; you’re in for a royal treat!
Plan your transport ahead
If you’re travelling to Windsor by public transport, catching a train is the quickest and easiest option as there are two railway stations in town, Windsor Central and Windsor Riverside Station. These are easily accessible from London. However, if you’re flying, you will have a choice of airports, from Heathrow to Southend, that are all served by professional Windsor taxi vehicles. Hiring a taxi can give you the opportunity to relax before reaching Windsor. Ultimately, when you think about it, a chauffeur is the perfect start to your weekend with the Queen.
You want to book visits
You can’t go to Windsor without visiting the castle. As a longest-occupied royal residence in Europe, it’s not something you want to miss. However, be warned that the castle typically welcomes visitors between 10 AM and 5:15 PM in summer, which is a surprisingly short admission slot compared to castles that don’t act as a royal residence. Booking your tickets online will save you a lot of queueing! Additionally, the other big site in Windsor is Legoland, which has a small display of some of the most iconic UK cities entirely built out of Legos. Online booking can be a game-changer here, especially during the summer holiday.
Where to stay?
Finding the best place to stay in Windsor is tricky. There are plenty of luxury boutique hotels in town. However, if you’re travelling on a budget and want a comfortable stay, you might want to take a look at some of the local B&Bs. Alma House is a favourite for weekend getaways with a delicious continental breakfast including fresh fruit muffins and other goodies. It’s the perfect spot to explore Windsor without a car. It’s a short walk away from the castle, and not far from some of the best restaurants in town.
Avoid cravings with a few healthy snacks
You can easily walk from one end of town to the other during your visits. But if you want to keep your Windsor weekend healthy, you might want to pack a few snacks in your handbag. Indeed, there are plenty of afternoon tea offers in town that will be difficult to resist! Save your money for the afternoon tea menu of Oakley Court, which includes Prosecco wine tasting, red caviar, and mini strawberry pavlova.
If you want to feel special for a weekend, Windsor oozes with a deep royal feeling due to its long history. It is the place to go to try out your best-tailored dress and hat! But more importantly, it’s the perfect princess getaway on a budget.