If you have been planning to visit London in your European travels, then why not broaden your cultural horizons and add a day trip to Berkshire to your travel itinerary? After all, as one travel guide enthuses, traveling to Europe enables you to discover a whole new world with a new culture, and the Royal County of Berkshire has played host to British kings and queens for over 900 years!
If you only have a day to discover Berkshire, then I highly recommend you pay a visit to Windsor town. Located a little over 20 miles from central London via coach or train, Windsor town features a wealth of cultural sites and natural reserves to explore and enjoy at your leisure. So without further ado, here are some of my top recommendations on how to spend your day in Windsor, Berkshire.
Watch the Changing of the Guard
Every day at 11am, the residents of the town of Windsor witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony; an impressive spectacle wherein the Queen’s soldiers, dressed in bearskin hats and vibrant red tunics, march up the High Street to Windsor Castle accompanied by a military band. This captivating ceremony concludes within the Castle’s quadrangle at 11:30am, so I advise that you make your way towards the High Street at 10:50am to ensure that you don’t miss this popular military procession!
Take a Tour of Windsor Castle
For almost a thousand years, Windsor Castle has been the family residence of British kings and queens. What’s more, Windsor Castle is also the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the entire world. Therefore, if you are planning a day trip to Berkshire, a tour of Windsor Castle is a must. Although certain areas of the castle are for royal eyes only, you can feel free to take a tour of Windsor Castle’s State Apartments, Drawings Gallery, and Semi State rooms, all of which are adorned with priceless treasures, ancient tapestries and classic paintings as well as exquisite sculptures and suits of armour from the Royal Collection.
Visit St George’s Chapel
While exploring Windsor Castle’s extensive 13 acre grounds, I strongly advise you pay a visit to the beautiful St George’s Chapel. This is due to the fact that this ancient place of worship is an iconic part of British history, having served as the venue for countless royal weddings and the burial place of ten sovereigns since the 14th Century!
Relax within Windsor Great Park
After walking around the castle and town all day, why not finish off your Berkshire excursion with a picnic in Windsor Great Park? Boasting 5,000 acres of formal parkland lanes, immaculately maintained flower gardens, deer inhabited woodland and lush open grassland, you will never be short of activities to enjoy within this extensive natural reserve.
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