Windsor lesser know tips
Windsor lesser know tips Reviews
Jan 13, 2008
I have never read a Windsor tourist guide , but probably it would nt include many of the following :
Walking between Windsor and Eton , there is a quaint arched bridge called the 'windsor and eton bridge' , its a good place for a photo stop and if you face east on the bridge , behind you down on the river thames there is usually a large number of swans and ducks , this makes a fine backdrop to any pic .
When the royal ensign flag is flying from the castle , there is someone from the royal family staying there , when it is not there is not.The aeroploanes from nearby Heathrow are supposed to take a slightly diverted route away from the castle when flag is up , but often they do not .
If you turn left off the bridge and walk about 100 yards you will come to a field known as the 'brocas', next to the thames , heading west
its another good point for a photo take , since the castle will appear above and behind (see pic).
If u carry on walking west along the thames it quickly becomes quite rural and there is nothing like a country river walk ,within about 3/4 of a mile is Boveney lock , where there are benches and its nice sitting there watching the boats go thru .If you walk another 1/2 mile there is an old chapel of St Mary Magdalene at Boveney , it will not be open but it dates from 12th century , and is listed in the Doomsday book (circa C1100).
If you walk on still further , within another 1/2 mile (and just past the canoe sheds)and a little bit away from the river is Eton rowing trench , which is built to Olympic standards , often has competitions going on (and is sometimes closed to the public)
Back in Windsor , next to the crooked teahouse is an official building
the Guildhall , where Elton Jon married his gay partner .
Just along from there is a church , St John the Baptist 1714 and they have a very old and large painting of the 'last supper' on display , the painting is older than the church and was donated by one of the kings , George 111.The church is nearly always open and there is no charge unless u want to donate in the box .
I used to treck around the Great Park with with a pal who was born
next to the park , he said that there are rumours that it is haunted by the ghost of Herne the Hunter , wearing a stags' antlers on his head , he was Richard 2 (1377-99)Huntsman , one legend says that he rides furiously at the head of a pack of hell-hounds through the park when it is dark .It is not thought that he is a threat to tourists , but perhaps the occasional sceptical american tourist might tempt him .
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Going down the Great park along the Long walk , and it is a long walk , you come to the deer park , where there a several hundred deer , if u walk down there in october 'rutting time' it can be pretty hairy beleive me , with the Stags all hyped-up and just looking to put thier horns in to someone. (see pic)
Back at the entrance of the castle by the Victoria statue if u go down the shopping street Peascod st there are several charity shops and they often have cheap good quality 2nd hand books for sale for a few pounds , often books of the royal family , it seems to me that these are better momentos than the more expensive and sometimes tacky stuff available in the area .
On the right down that street is a high quality department store called Daniels , they have a very good quality patisserie (sorry about spelling) where u can get excellent tea/coffee and a selection of very tasty cakes etc for not too much .It is often busy there , which is usually a sign of good quality.I may as well throw in something else for the budget visitor here , they sell fresh 'french type' sticks of bread , near the till wheer u pay for about 70 p , thats less than a £1 ,
they are about 14" long and if u get butter with it and a drink , you will be full for a few hours for just over £2 , the bread is tastyyyy .
Also for those who are budget travellers ; and Windsor and London are not budget places ;if they carry on down Peascod st for a few hundred yards (past Oxfam shop which is on the right ), there are a couple of cheaper cafes on the lh side , about 150yds past oxfam , for a cent breakfast for about £4.50.
Lastly ; changing of the guard , not generally known is that after the guard change at about 11:00 am , the 'old' guard , that is being relieved will march out of the castle , behind the band , at something like 11:20 en route to thier barracks .
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