Windsor Day Trip Itinerary

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The historic town of Windsor shares its name with the Royal Family and sits in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead which is located in Berkshire. Being just 30 minutes from London, a Windsor day trip is the ideal option if you’re visiting the capital or based in London itself.

The town of Windsor is most famous for being the location of one of the Royal Family’s residences, Windsor Castle, which is where many famous ceremonies have been held, including the wedding of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Camilla) in 2005. Both took place in the famous St George Chapel of the Castle.

The town itself has a 1000 year history of association with the Royals, but is also famous for the Royal Ascot horse racing meet and the Eton Dorney Lake is the large boating lake used in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Path leading up to the entrance of Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Windsor tour options and Coach trips to Windsor Castle

If you don’t have your own car or would prefer to have an itinerary planned for you, there are plenty of options for a planned day trip, Windsor is close to London and its southern location makes it ideal for day trips to Windsor from London and other southern locations. 

Here are some of my favourite tour options from Get Your Guide and I’ve also included the most highly rated tours too.

Windsor day trip from London tour options

If you’d like to pack more into your trip, Get Your Guide also offers a great selection of tours to see Windsor, Stonehenge and other southern cities on the same day with these London to Windsor day trip options.

Check out these highly rated options:

Full day Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford tour – this includes the Windsor Castle, famous Stonehenge landmark and Oxford University tour

Full day Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath tour – this tour is more focused on exploring the town of Windsor, so great if you want to get a feel for the town and walk the historic cobbled streets! Then onto the famous Stonehenge, then to Bath for a tour of the famous Roman Baths. This tour is also similar but has an additional Georgian Bath tour in Bath and is also very highly rated.

Windsor Castle day trip from London tours

Grass leading up to the Windsor Castle wall towers
Windsor Castle

If you’d prefer to just do a trip visiting Windsor Castle from London, you can do this half-day Windsor Castle tour from London which includes transport and admission to Windsor Castle. Day trips to Windsor Castle from London or beyond are easily possible thanks to Windsor’s great location.

Or have a Royal day out with this Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle day tour which includes lunch!

Day trip to Windsor from elsewhere 

Although tours from other cities are much less common than from London, there are two options for Southampton to Windsor day trips. This tour from Southampton to Windsor and Bath is great value for money.

While this tour from Southampton also makes stops at Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor.

Getting to Windsor

Fortunately Windsor is also well-connected by public transport, with regular trains to Slough where you can change trains to reach London, Bath, Oxford, Reading, Hereford and the Cotswolds.

Crooked House with white exterior and path running beside it.
Crooked House

Where to park in Windsor

If you’re visiting Windsor for the day, parking can be expensive.

However there is a lesser-known free parking solution though if you’re planning to do the Long Walk and don’t mind a bit of a stroll!

Search for the Windsor Great Park Open Air Car Park on Google Maps. This is a free car park about halfway along the Windsor Great Park where you can access the Long Walk and walk into Windsor from here. The walk is approximately 30-40 minutes and you will need to do this on the return too.

Day trip to Windsor: what to do

There are plenty of things to do in Windsor to fill a day and one day in Windsor is the ideal amount of time you need to visit the town, especially if it’s your first time.

Read the suggestion above for where to park in Windsor for free parking.

Windsor Great Park and Long Walk

If you’ve taken the advice above to park at the Great Park car park for free, then you’ll find yourself about half way down the length of the famous Long Walk.

The Long Walk is about 2.6 miles total but you’ll be coming onto the path about halfway down, so allow 30 minutes or so to reach the Castle entrance.

Of course the parkland itself is beautiful, you may see deer, rabbits and other wildlife and it’s a popular spot for walkers and joggers as well as tourists to visit, enjoy and take in the scenery.

This magnificent entrance and walkway to the Castle is one you often see on TV of royal event broadcasts so don’t forget to snap a photo or two!

A long path with a lawn on either side leading up to Windsor Castle
Windsor Long Walk

Windsor Castle

Front view of Windsor Castle entrance.
Windsor Castle

You’ll find Windsor Castle itself is at the end of the Long Walk and you can visit the castle or if you’d prefer to enjoy it from the outside, it is spectacular to see as it dominates the town. If you time it right, you might also see the Changing of the Guards as the traffic is stopped. This happens at 11am every day.

Windsor Castle is actually the oldest inhabited and working castle in the world so if you see the Royal Standard flag flying from the Round Tower, it means the Queen is in residence!

You’ll want to spend about 2-3 hours exploring the castle. Admission tickets can be bought here.

Wander through Windsor town

Don’t miss the opportunity to just enjoy the beautiful historic buildings, characterful alleyways and cobbled streets in Windsor. You’ll find many quaint and quintessentially English spots to enjoy, particularly around the castle in the town.

The Two Brewers Pub is a great spot for a drink in the sun during the summer months, it’s located at the bottom of the Long Walk.

The famous Crooked House off the High Street is a well-known spot in Windsor and the cute streets around it are fun to explore for a few minutes.

Small path with restaurants and shops
Town of Windsor

Browns for Brunch or High Tea

Refuel at Browns Restaurant, situated on the riverfront with views across to neighbouring Eton.

Browns is a great option whether you’re after a casual brunch or a quintessentially English experience of afternoon tea!

They also offer bottomless brunches and Sunday Roasts if you happen to be there on a Sunday. A lot of their food is seasonal and it’s a great stop for food and drinks at any time of day.

Pop over the river to Eton

After your stop at Browns, pop across the river to neighbouring Eton via the Eton Walkway footbridge.

Eton is famous for the prestigious Eton college but don’t miss a wander along the High Street which is full of timber framed buildings and antique shops, perfect if you like to hunt out an antique gem.

Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour and Sampling

For a unique and unexpected twist to your day in Windsor, don’t miss the delights of Windsor & Eton brewery.

Founded by four friends in 2010 with an aim to bring brewing back to Windsor after decades without a brewery in the town, the brewery is now a thriving taproom and brewing production centre, complete with brewery tours suited to beer beginners or beer connoisseurs.

They have a great selection of brews and you’ll often find their beers on tap in pubs and bars in the area and further afield.

Their recently opened taproom is bigger than ever and they have a food menu now too.

Brewery tours are £25 a person and last for 90 minutes, these are usually run on Saturday afternoons but the brewery itself is open for drinks and food all week.

The Two Brewers Pub exterior with benches and tables outside
The Two Brewers Pub

Summary: Windsor Day Trip Itinerary

Windsor is the perfect small town for a day out. With so much history and a lot to see in a small area, there are plenty of fun things to do in Windsor and hopefully this day trip to Windsor travel guide gives you some ideas of what to do in Windsor on your trip.

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