Luxury holidays in Windsor

Things get rather regal over in the Royal County of Berkshire, nowhere more so than Windsor, a picturesque town that shares more than just a name with Britain’s long line of sovereigns; it’s played stage to a host of stately goings-on from extravagant weddings to noble newborns, and even the occasional family feud. Best known for its eponymous castle built by William the Conqueror in 1070, this site of superlatives holds a number of records; not only as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, where forty monarchs have laid their hats (or rather, crowns), including chop-happy Henry VIII and his flame-headed heir Elizabeth but also as the home of the world’s most elaborate dollhouse. Rising dramatically on a chalk cliff, the castle is the historical epicentre of Windsor’s old town, surrounded by miles of hunting ground and pristine pastoral lawns. Nearby, the Royal Windsor Racecourse is sure to please budding equestrians, the local deer herd and ancient oaks of Windsor’s Great Park will keep nature lovers entertained, while those of more scholastic persuasions can enjoy a tour of the famous Eton College. And if it all feels a little too, well, English, the Danish masters of play over at Lego have their own block-built resort just up the road.

When to go

Though summer beckons the (rather fickle) English sun, it also draws lines of tourists waiting to catch a glimpse of a certain someone from within her castle. A smart choice would be autumn when old Albion’s greens turn feisty shades of burnt orange and reds, or winter when the woodland of Great Windsor Park is illuminated with dazzling lights and projections.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest international hub is London Heathrow Airport. Find direct flights here from most major UK and European cities, as well as from the USA, Asia and the Middle East. Take a direct train from the airport which will get you there in just under an hour.
  • Automobiles

    With a compact town centre and miles of picturesque walking trails, Windsor is a fine opportunity to ditch the car in pursuit of your 10k a day. Though if you plan on exploring the full range of Berkshire’s offerings, there are several rental options available.