A perfect day trip from London is a visit to the historic town of Windsor. A mere 25 minutes from the centre of London, Windsor is not only home to Windsor Castle, but to an array of interesting and charming sites, making it an ideal destination for a day tour. If you're looking for luxury hotels in South Kensington, you'll find easy access to Windsor and various lodging options in Kensington.
Windsor in a Nutshell
A day tour around Windsor will keep you entertained and informed. Some excellent ideas include:
Without a doubt a must for everyone to see, is a visit to Windsor Castle, the official residence of His Majesty, King Charles III. For the full experience of Windsor Castle it is recommended to book a private tour. This tour includes viewing the State Apartments which contain the Queen’s’ Gallery and dining hall. Some of the world’s finest works of Ruben’s and Holbein are on display. Please note that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays Windsor Castle is closed.
1 March – 31 October: 10:00 to 17:15 with the last admission at 16:00
1 November – 28 February: 10:00 to 16:15 with the last admission at 15:00
Please be aware that as Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, there are times when the State Apartments or the entire Castle is closed at short notice.
Adults - £30.00
Young Person (18-24) - £19.50
Child (5-17) - £16.50
Disabled - £16.50
Under 5 years Free
Please note, receive a slightly discounted rate if you book online in advance via Windsor Castle Tour Bookings
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St George’s Chapel
St George’s Chapel forms part of Windsor Castle and is the chapel of choice for numerous royal weddings as well as the resting place for many royals. Prince Harry and Megan Markle were married in this chapel. More recently, St George’s Chapel is the resting place for our esteemed Queen Elizabeth II.
St George’s Chapel is accessed via the Windsor Castle admission centre. It is open to the public daily from 10h00 to 16h00, on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
On Sundays the Chapel is open for worship.
Admission to St George’s Chapel is included in your Windsor Castle ticket.
Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
Situated in Windsor Guildhall, the museum is a family-friendly experience filled with many interesting facts. One can listen via audio of the history of Windsor over the years. There are a variety of unique displays including a 100 000-year-old Mammoth tusk, and a model of a Hawker Hurricane.
The museum is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00.
Admission is free to all.
The Savill Garden
Established in 1932, The Savill Garden is 35-acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and seasonal displays. After a relaxing walk through these tailored and tranquil gardens, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Savill Garden Kitchen. Advance bookings are essential.
The Savill Garden is open 09:00 to 18:00. The last admission is allowed in at 17:00.
Adults - £15.95
Child (5-15) - £8.00
Toddler (2-4) - Free
Please note, receive a slightly discounted rate if you book online in advance Savill Garden tickets
Well renowned as the boarding school of Prince William, Prince Harry and numerous prime ministers, world leaders and Nobel laureates, Eton College can be viewed from the outside, or accessed with a private tour during specific times of the year.
Heritage Tour Times:
Friday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00 between 19 May and 15 September 2023. Bookings are essential via Eton College Heritage Tour tickets
Adults - £11.55 which includes the booking fee
Child (7-12) - Free
Tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.
Note: Tours sell out very quickly, therefore book well in advance.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
The Royal Windsor Racecourse, in the shadow of Windsor Castle, and set on the banks of the River Thames, offers vibrant, social and unique horse racing experiences. If you do not attend a race, there are fun filled themed evenings. Visit the website Royal Windsor Racecourse website for updated information regarding the themed evenings.
A great way to access the Royal Windsor Racecourse is via river boat taxi from Windsor Town Centre. For bookings visit French Brothers Riverboats on the Thames
Bus Tour of Windsor
A wonderful way to see Windsor is with a Windsor bus tour. The tour includes a multi-lingual narration that explains the different landmarks. There are a number of bus companies that offer Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tours.
The names of the companies include:
Get your Guide
Bus ticket costs average, although there are often specials:
Adults (17 +) - £18.00
Child (3-16) - £9.00
Family of 4 - £45.00
(2 adults + 2 children)
Travelling to Windsor from the Park City Grand Plaza Kensington
The historic town of Windsor is a mere 22 miles from the hotel. You can reach Windsor via car, train, or bus.
A car ride will take approximately 55 minutes, depending on the traffic.
The direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside is the easiest. The train takes approximately an hour and runs every 30 minutes.
The Green Line 702 bus service takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus starts from London Victoria and stops at Kensington, which is easy to access from the Park City Grand Plaza Hotel.
A day visit to Windsor is well worth the visit. It is easy to access from the Park Grand Hotel Kensington, and once in Windsor, there is easy transport or alternately enjoy the town on foot. If you have a London Pass, please make use of this. You will gain free entry to Windsor Castle as well as a self-guided audio tour. The London Pass also allows free transportation from London to Windsor by train from Paddington Station.