Windsor and Eton
Windsor and Eton Reviews
Affluent, Histroical Gem Apr 21, 2014
These twin Berkshire towns - spliced down the middle by the River Thames - are steeped in history and tradition. A very popular tourist destination, the streets of Windsor in particular can be rammed with visitors.
As this is a town that isn't shy of flaunting its obvious affluence (not to mention its Royal connections - Windsor Castle is an official residence of the Queen), it's not a place for budget travellers, but those with a bit more money to spare will most likely find its traditional, slightly surreal vibe - both towns feel like they belong in a bygone era - appealing.
The impressive castle dominates the skyline of the town, and is the principal attraction. Dating back to the reign of William the Conquerer, the castle has undergone much development over the centuries - and emerged from a devastating fire in 1992 - to become the imposing, stately fortress it is today. Visually striking outside, it's worth paying the eye-wateringly expensive admission price (£18.50) to check out the grand state rooms. Time it right, and you might see the Changing of the Guard too.
Windsor itself is a diverting enough place, especially if you visit when one of its markets is going on. It is possible to cruise the River Thames as well, but the main thing to do is cross over to the quieter, but no less prosperous, Eton. The College, with its 600 year plus history and glittering alumni (including current Prime Minister David Cameron and Princes William and Harry) holds on to its cherished traditions with ferocity - boys at the School are still required to wear tailcoats and waistcoats to lessons. It is possible to wander the grounds and access some of the interior, but only at certain times.
Finally, Windsor is the base for the nearby Legoland, with frequent shuttle buses departing for this most fun-sounding of theme parks. The fact it's obscenely expensive (£46.80 for an adult and £41.40 for children/seniors at the time of writing) hasn't stopped it becoming one of the most popular theme parks in the UK.
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