The ideal short break destination, Windsor & Maidenhead blends 1,000 years of history, contemporary shopping and fine dining with events, sports and leisure activities. Two of the UK’s Top 20 visitor attractions – Windsor Castle and LEGOLAND® Windsor – are located here but there is much more.
Experience the tradition of Eton College, the exotic woodlands of The Savill Garden or the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard.
Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding towns and villages are steeped in tradition. Windsor’s historic core developed over the centuries in the shadow of Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle.
Many first time visitors to Windsor are amazed and delighted at the proximity of the castle to the town. It was started by William the Conqueror in 1066; King Henry I first used it as a royal residence and each successive monarch left their mark.
It was Henry VIII’s favourite residence and Queen Elizabeth II spends most weekends here, away from her ‘office’ – Buckingham Palace. It’s easy to tell when the Queen is in residence – just check the flagpole. The Royal Standard replaces the Union Flag.