A royal weekend in Windsor

Sep 07,2015

Grab the family and bring along our itinerary to discover the cobbled streets and shops surrounding Windsor Castle, which British kings and queens have called home for almost 1000 years.

Situated just 30 kilometres west of London, the historic village of Windsor is where you’ll find the world's oldest and largest inhabited royal castle, one of the three official residences of the Queen. These royal-themed activities are easy to include during your stay in a Millennium Hotels and Resorts property.

Day 1 

Catch the changing the guard ceremony

The colourful Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle takes place at 11am on designated days. The 45-minute ceremony is a great photo op with a parade of infantry led by a pipe band. Check the schedule before visiting.

Tour Windsor Castle

Winsor Castle

Credit: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Explore 1000 years of British history on a tour of Windsor Castle. See the glittering state rooms and opulent royal apartments of this historic castle, which is filled with memorabilia, suits of armour and priceless artworks. Climb to the top of the landmark Round Tower, explore the landscaped gardens and visit the Great Kitchen.

One of Windsor Castle's highlights is the famous dolls' house, built for Queen Mary in 1924. The perfect replica of an aristocratic home, careful attention was paid to details such as a fully stocked wine cellar and flushing lavatories. Also check out the fine threads of the dolls, which are dressed in fashions by Cartier, Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

Hear the choirboys in St George's Chapel

Attend an evening service in the magnificent St George's Chapel (where the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were married). Hear the choir sing as you sit and admire the fine roof bosses, carvings and tombs of 10 former rulers of England.


Day 2

Be the first to walk the Queen's Walkway

On 9th September, 2015, Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest reigning British monarch. To commemorate this 63-year milestone, a 6.3km Queen's Walkway will be opened. It passes 63 noteworthy landmarks with information stations along the way. Make history by being one of the first to walk the route.

Take a Duck Tour on the Thames

The amphibious Windsor Duck Tours provide a narrated land tour around Windsor's historic sights before launching into the River Thames for a relaxing boat ride.

Attend Royal Ascot

You'll need to wear a hat to fit in at the Royal Ascot race meeting which comes around mid-June. Attended by the royal family, the Queen loves watching her racehorses at Ascot or Windsor Racecourse. If you're feeling lucky, have a ‘flutter’ – it's all part of raceday fun.

Royal Ascot 2010 Day 4

Credit: Ascot Racecourse

Dine beside the castle

Lined with quaint shops and cafes, Windsor High Street offers wonderful places to dine just steps from the castle walls. Sebastian’s Italian is an award-winning restaurant while Gilbey’s features cuisine worthy of a Michelin guide mention.

Day 3

Walk in Windsor Great Park

Enjoy a pleasant walk in the former royal hunting grounds at Windsor Great Park. This 2000 hectare park has woodlands, meadows and lakes for fishing, cycling, horse riding, running and flying model airplanes.

Meet the royal family at Legoland

Credit: LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

Legoland Windsor is a family-friendly attraction with its own Miniland royal family, including the recent addition of Princess Charlotte. Tickets include shows, events and rides as well as plenty of Duplo play at this brightly coloured theme park.

You don’t have to be the Queen to enjoy a weekend in Royal Windsor – the Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor treats all its guests like royalty. Close to Legoland, the hotel provides outstanding service, comfortable accommodation and regal dining just a stone’s throw away from the Queen's favourite residence.

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